11th grader hospitalized after getting two COVID-19 vaccine doses minutes apart in central Vietnam

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11th grader hospitalized after getting two COVID-19 vaccine doses minutes apart in central Vietnam

Tran Cao Van High School in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tai / Tuoi Tre

An 11th grader has had his health monitored at a medical center in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam after health workers accidentally administered two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to him just a few minutes apart on Thursday.

The student, C.V.D., has been in a stable condition after his hospitalization, Nguyen Van Tan, principal of Tran Cao Van High School in Quang Nam’s Tam Ky City said on Friday.

The city’s medical center organized a COVID-19 vaccination session for 1,191 students at the high school, using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, on Thursday, according to Tan.

“This student misunderstood that he should get two injections, each at one of the two injection tables set up at the site, without knowing that a person can only get one shot,” Tan said.

“Due to the large number of students, the medical staff thought that the student had not been vaccinated, so they injected him [with a second shot].”

After discovering D.’s case, the school management board contacted his family and took him to Tam Ky City’s Medical Center to have his health monitored to avoid any complications.

Pham Thanh Binh, director of the medical center, admitted his medical staff’s mistake in the incident, reassuring that there should be no problems for a boy like D. to receive two vaccine jabs, each dose of which is only half of that for adults, within one day.

D.’s health has remained normal, and the boy is expected to return home on Friday, according to Binh.

Binh added that he requested his medical staff to avoid similar mistakes as they will go on with inoculating more students in the city against the coronavirus.

The center will handle health workers involving in D.’s incident later, according to Binh, while the Quang Nam Department of Health has asked Binh’s center to report the case in detail.

Quang Nam has 140,387 children aged 12 to 17 eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus, according to the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The central province started giving injections to the children from December 11, with 29,206 doses administered by the end of Thursday, including 7,590 jabs on that day.

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