A pharmacist in Israel who is allegedly injected with four doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has accidentally told news agencies that he is feeling well and encouraged others to “be optimistic” about the jab.
“I have no problem getting four doses again,” Uday Azizi, a pharmacist at Maccabi Healthcare Services, told Channel 12 News. “Let’s be optimistic … about the vaccine, the whole situation and the new year maybe.”
The error was allegedly related to the number of doses in each Pfizer vial. After dilution, each vial contains five doses of 0.3 ml per dose, according to the FDA.
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Azizi said he reported experiencing mild side effects from the sting, such as local pain and redness around the injection site. He will still receive the second dose of the vaccine in three weeks.
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Israel on Sunday launched its vaccine campaign and set the goal of up to 60,000 vaccinations per day as the virus rises across the country. Healthcare professionals were the highest priority, followed by people over 60 years of age. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first to be vaccinated to set a “personal example,” and the country’s 81-year-old president, Reuven Rivlin, also rolled up his sleeves. to get a dose.
Reports from health centers were quickly overwhelmed by calls popping up as people complained that they could not get the vaccine.
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As of Wednesday, Israel had estimated nearly 382,500 cases of coronavirus and more than 3,100 deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.