Scotland: Care home residents injected with salt water in vaccination error, says NHS

NHS Lanarkshire said the residents were given the correct doses later the same day and apologies had been issued to those affected.
NHS Lanarkshire said the residents were given the correct doses later the same day and apologies had been issued to those affected.

Residents at a care home in North Lanarkshire mistakenly given a saline solution used to dilute the vaccine

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Several care home residents were injected with salt water instead of their coronavirus vaccine, it has emerged.

The residents at a care home in North Lanarkshire were mistakenly given a saline solution which is used to dilute the vaccine.

NHS Lanarkshire said the residents were given the correct doses later the same day and apologies had been issued to those affected.

The Sunday Mail newspaper reported that 11 people at Millbrae Care Home in Coatbridge were given the wrong solution.

The error took place early in the care home vaccination programme.

Trudi Marshall, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire nurse director, said: “None of the residents who received the vaccine diluent came to any harm and they were re-vaccinated on the same day.

“The residents, their relatives and the care home staff were informed and we offered our sincere apologies for the error.

“This happened at the beginning of the care home vaccination programme and measures were put in place immediately to avoid any similar incidents.”

The Pfizer vaccine is diluted with a small amount of saline solution after it is removed from freezer storage.

A Scottish Government spokesman told the Sunday Mail: “We were notified of the incident at the time and reassured by the health board that no harm was caused and that all residents affected received the appropriate vaccine the same day.”

The home’s operators, Thistle Healthcare, said they were aware of the mistake.