Some Oakland, Calif., residents mistakenly alerted about vaccine underdosing: report

Officers with the California Well being Division have been scrambling to allay residents’ fears this week after too many individuals obtained a letter telling them they might have obtained a too-weak dosage of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The letters have been speculated to go to individuals who visited the Oakland Coliseum vaccination web site however by mistake the letters additionally have been delivered to individuals who used the Eastmont Mall web site, FOX 2 of the Bay Space reported.

Both manner, there was no trigger for alarm no matter which web site folks visited, well being officers informed the station.


Ali Bay, a well being division spokeswoman, stated the mix-up probably occurred as a result of each vaccination websites have been being managed by the identical companies, the California Workplace of Emergency Service and the Federal Emergency Administration Company.

The Oakland Coliseum, house of MLB’s Oakland A’s, has been used as a vaccination web site.

Well being officers imagine as many as 6,300 folks visiting the Coliseum web site might have obtained much less vaccine of their photographs than they have been speculated to, however the weaker dose was nonetheless thought-about robust sufficient to defend towards the virus, the officers informed FOX 2.

After these recipients obtain their second vaccine shot, that can make up for the weaker first shot, they stated.


FOX 2 first realized of the issue with the dosages when two paramedics who requested anonymity contacted the station.

The error was attributed to Coliseum vaccination employees being offered a special kind of syringe that wasn’t absolutely pushing out the vaccine into folks’s arms, based on FOX 2.

The lesser doses have been believed to be distributed from 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to three p.m. March 1, till the issue was corrected, FOX 2 reported.

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