A New Hampshire man has received a second Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, or COVID-19 vaccine shot at the same location where he had received his first shot, WMUR News 9 in Manchester reported on Tuesday, April 13.
Craig Richards’ first shot was the Moderna vaccine, and the second was Pfizer.
Despite the mishap, authorities insist that Richards will be fine and that he will not need any more shots for the time being.
The effects of combining vaccine brands are unknown at this stage.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services sent a statement late Wednesday to reassure the public. The statement claimed that though mixing brands is not possibly ideal or as effective as receiving two shots from either Moderna or Pfizer, it is a safe solution in an emergency.
”A mixed series is safe, as CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance recommends mixing the series if the brand from the first dose is not available at the second dose,” their statement said. “While there have not been any clinical studies on whether a mixed series is as effective as a complete series, it will still provide enough protection that a third dose is not necessary or recommended.”
The CDC writes in its guidelines that: “The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product.”
However, the CDC further instructs, “If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are administered in these situations (or inadvertently), no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time.”
Getting back to the case of Craig Richards, he pointed out the error after realizing he was given the wrong vaccine.
“He said, ‘You ready for a poke?’ I said, ‘Sure,’ and he poked me,” Richards said. “As soon as he poked me, he looked down at my card, and I think he realized he just gave me the Pfizer.”
The man in charge of giving Richards the vaccine may have panicked after realizing his mistake.
“I looked at him and said, ‘You did not just give me the wrong shot.’ And he bolted!” Richards said. “I don’t know if I had a real angry face on.”
A vaccination supervisor then contacted Richards to explain what had happened and assured him that everything would be fine.
“You’re going to be fine. The good news is, you are fully vaccinated,” Richards recounted what the supervisor told him.
“With everything going on with Johnson & Johnson being pulled, you go home, and you’re uneasy about the whole thing,” adding. “They screwed up. Something is wrong over there.”
“I’m just, like, ‘This isn’t happening,’ ” he said of his response.
Although his physical well-being is satisfactory at the time being, Richards said the experience had left him nervous.