Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

Kroger accidentally vaccinates people with empty syringes

Company says all those impacted quickly received proper vaccination

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 11 March 2021 21:38 GMT
Doctor who helped create the Johnson & Johnson vaccine talks about its efficacy
Leer en Español

Kroger accidentally vaccinated multiple patients against Covid-19 at a Virginia clinic with empty syringes.

The company says that “less than ten” people mistakenly received the empty shots at one of its Little Clinic locations in Midlothian, Virginia.

And after contacting all patients, Kroger says that everyone impacted by the incident has now received the Covid-19 vaccine.

“All impacted customers were contacted and have now received the Coviud-19 vaccine,” a Kroger spokesperson said.

“We apologise for this oversight and the inconvenience caused for these customers.”

Carrie Hawes was one of the patients who received an appointment to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the store.

She told WWBY that she qualified because of an underlying medical condition and was surprised when the company called her the following day and told her of the mistake.

“My initial reaction was shock and surprise, and a little anxiety,” she said, but added that she had received a proper vaccination shot within hours.

A Kroger spokesperson said that the company has addressed the issue with the Virginia Department of Health, and that clinic workers have also been retrained on administering the vaccines.

More than 29.3 million people have tested positive for coronavirus during the pandemic, with 530,000 deaths.

The Biden administration says the US will have enough vaccines for every adult American by the end of May and that they are well ahead of their goal to administer 100 million shots in their first 100 days in office.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in