An Israeli pharmacist who was accidentally injected with four doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by mistake told reporters that he was feeling well and encouraged others to be “optimistic” about the jab.
“I have no problem getting four doses again,” Maccabi Healthcare Services pharmacist Uday Azizi told Channel 12 news, according to the Times of Israel. “Let’s be optimistic … about the vaccine, the whole situation and the new year, maybe.”
The mistake was related to the number of doses contained in each vial of Pfizer. After dilution, each vial contains five doses of 0.3 ml per dose, according to the FDA.
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It appears that Azizi said he is experiencing mild side effects due to the jab, such as localized pain and redness around the injection site. He will continue to receive the second dose of vaccine in three weeks.
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On Sunday, Israel began its vaccination campaign, setting a target of up to 60,000 vaccinations a day as the virus grows across the country. Health workers have been the priority, followed by those over 60. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first to be vaccinated to set a “personal example,” and President Reuven Rivlin, 81, rolled up his sleeves. to receive a dose.
Reports of health centers that quickly became overwhelmed with calls emerged as people complained that they could not receive the vaccine.
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As of Wednesday, Israel had nearly 382,500 cases of coronavirus and more than 3,100 deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.