According to reports, eight workers in a nursing home in Germany were accidentally injected with five Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines.
Agence France-Presse reported that the seven women and a man between the ages of 38 and 54 worked at a facility in the northeastern town of Stralsund, where they were jabbed as part of the priority working group. .
However, when they were vaccinated on Sunday, they received five doses at a time, said Stefan Coles, the chief executive of the Vorbomen-Rügen district where the residence is located.
After developing mild flu-like symptoms, four people were sent to the hospital for observation, and the others were sent home.
Coles said: “I deeply regret this incident.”
According to Reuters, the incident occurred after some areas in Germany refused to use vaccines received over the weekend because of suspicion that the area was interrupted by cold weather during delivery.
Before launching vaccination campaigns in several European countries this weekend, German drugmaker BioNTech stated that it had injected a larger than normal dose during the trial without serious side effects.
The vaccine is designed to be administered in two injections and will be delivered in vials, each containing five doses once diluted.
On Monday, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said that up to six doses per bottle can be given up.