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NHS Trust apologises following care home vaccination blunder

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An NHS Trust has apologised after care home residents following a vaccination blunder at a North Lanarkshire care home.

North Lanarkshire confirmed 11 residents at Millbrae Care Home in Coatbridge had been injected with salt water instead a COVID vaccine.

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.”

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Documents seen by the Sunday Mail revealed that the residents were injected with saline solution on 16 December 2020. Saline solution is supposed to be mixed with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine after it is taken out of freezers before vaccination.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “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.”

Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie said: “This alarming incident raises serious questions about the management of the vaccine programme and care sector.

“It is astonishing that the SNP doesn’t know how common these kinds of incidents are. Their complacency is jaw-dropping.”

Scottish Lib Dem leader and health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton added: “I cannot imagine the stress and disappointment that people may have felt when they discovered they have not been immunised.

“Mistakes like these cannot be allowed to happen, especially during a pandemic, with more dangerous variants now at large.”

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