San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Inmates given incorrect doses
Vaccinations have been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff incorrectly gave 77 inmates too much of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine.
Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton told the Des Moines Register that when the error was found, staff immediately sought guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from Pfizer.
Overton said the inmates involved were notified of the excessive doses and are being closely monitored. So far they have shown only the common side effects, including soreness at the injection site, aches, fatigue and fever.
Kimberly Koehlhoeffer, the mother of one of the inmates, said doctors told her son they had received six times the recommended dose. The Pfizer vaccine is packaged as a concentrate that must be diluted with saline solution.
Two nursing staff members have been placed on leave pending an investigation.