At least 77 inmates at Iowa State Prison in Fort Madison were given excessive amounts of the Pfizer-Bayonetech jab
According to a local report, more than 70 inmates were given the very high COVID-19 vaccine at a correctional facility in Iowa.
At least 77 inmates at the Iowa State Jail in Fort Madison were given excessive amounts of the Pfizer-Bayonetech jab, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections told a local news station KCCI-TV.
Two medical staff members of the Iowa Department of Corrections reportedly vaccinated, vaccinating 77 inmates. Both have since been placed on administrative leave, according to the KCCI, and the department temporarily halted vaccination in prison while an investigation is underway.
After the wrong dosage was realized, the Iowa Department of Corrections contacted both Pfizer and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further guidance. Officers were advised to monitor prisoners for at least 48 hours. They will receive a wellness check over the next several days, although according to the news station no major side effects have been reported or expected.
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If anything, inmates receiving the wrong dose should expect a slightly more acute side effect from the vaccine, such as body aches, headaches, and fever, a doctor explained to KCCI.
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“Those minor side effects that typically occur with vaccination may be slightly higher when you receive a higher dose of the vaccine,” said Dr. Mercyon, an infectious pathologist at Des Moines. Anessa Afroz told the news station. Be expected.”
A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections did not immediately return Granthshala News’ request for comment.