When Ms. Brinksma’s daughter looked closely at her mother’s post-injection vaccination record card, she did not know what she saw. On April 11, her mother was given a Pfizer vaccine. And Monday, May 17, the AstraZeneca vaccine was given. “We were still hoping for a typo,” says Susan Shaving, another daughter of Ms. Brinksma. But GGD called again to confirm that a mistake had been made by a new employee. This is what happened before.
GGD confirms the error. Also, it happened multiple times before a person was accidentally given the wrong vaccine. We find this very upsetting to this lady. “ That really shouldn’t have happened, ” says a communications officer. “We assured her that she is not in medical danger now that she has been given two different vaccines.”
The speaker talks about human error after checking twice. Upon arrival, and on the ‘injection line,’ the vaccine for which the person is coming is examined.
Protection with two different vaccines
But according to my daughter, Mrs. Brinksma, the signs at the vaccination site are not clear. The first person my mother had to show her cards to say, Pfizer, walk straight ahead. Then an employee said where to sit. Before she was punctured, a third employee checked her papers. Looks like that woman wasn’t looking good. But there were also no indications that it was the corner of the AstraZeneca.
GGD IJsselland is now creating an additional check-in. Upon arrival, everyone will receive a sticker with the color and name of the vaccine. “So that it becomes more clear which vaccine they should receive.”
Her daughter says Mrs. Brinksma is nauseous on Tuesday morning and has a headache. She wonders if her mother is now protected enough.
“We are assuming that the woman is adequately protected, in addition to the two different vaccines,” confirms a GGD spokesperson. “We are now giving people the same vaccines because there is not enough scientific data yet to prove that two different vaccines also provide adequate protection.”
In any case, Ms. Brinksma will not receive a third vaccination injection or with Pfizer. This complies with RIVM guidelines. Then the side effects can be dangerous.
GGD Amsterdam has made a similar mistake previously. A 60-year-old healthcare worker was given an injection of Pfizer there in February and another vaccine with the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 1. Until then GGD spoke about human error.
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