MONROE — Walgreens Media Relations confirmed on Monday that a Monroe store administered syringes filled with saline instead of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 22 patients on March 20, 2021.
In an email to the Enquirer-Journal, Walgreens said every individual has been contacted and asked to return to the store to receive a vaccination. All of the affected individuals were scheduled for a second dose which was last weekend. The individuals have received either a corrected first or second dose.
“In alignment with CDC recommendations, immediate corrective actions were taken. We reached out to all impacted patients and administered a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as the impacted patients were available to return to the pharmacy,” Walgreens wrote in an official statement. “We have safely administered millions of vaccine doses. We have taken immediate steps to review our detailed procedures with the location to prevent this from occurring again.”
Walgreens believes no harm was done to any of the individuals who mistakenly received a saline syringe. “We continue to strengthen our operating procedures and are committed to this not occurring again.”