An Israeli received a larger than instructed dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a Maccabi vaccination center in Jerusalem on Tuesday in the third such incident at a Maccabi vaccination center.
The patient was transferred to a hospital for further supervision and released after a few hours of supervision. He is reportedly feeling well and is not experiencing any side effects.
The incident comes less than a week after a 67-year-old woman from Jerusalem received five doses of the Pfizer vaccine in one inoculation.
Although she showed no side effects, she was still evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for observation. A spokesperson for the hospital said that she was doing well.
In December, a medical professional received an estimated five or six doses of the coronavirus vaccine in one inoculation at a Maccabi vaccination center at the start of the country’s vaccination campaign. He, too, was monitored at a hospital directly afterward, showed no side effects, and was discharged the same day.
“This happens for a very simple reason,” explained Prof. Cyrille Cohen, head of the immunotherapy laboratory at Bar-Ilan University, after the incident last week. “After so many patients, the nurse, who is used to sometimes injecting the whole contents of the vile – not for this vaccine, but in general – makes a mistake and takes the whole compound instead. I am surprised it has happened only twice.”Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman and Eve Young contributed to this report.