A New Hampshire man accidentally received a different COVID-19 vaccine on his second appointment than his first.
When Craig Richards from Lempster planned his first appointment in a location in western Lebanon, he received the Moderna vaccine, WMUR 9 reported.
However, when he returned four weeks later to complete his vaccine line, he accidentally received the Pfizer BioNTech shot.
Despite the warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to warn Americans not to combine the shots of the two companies, the state health authorities Insist that Richards will be fine.
Craig Richards (pictured) of Lempster, New Hampshire, received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at his first appointment on March 16
He returned for his second appointment four weeks later and accidentally received a Pfizer coronavirus shot (pictured)
According to WMUR 9, Richards received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine on March 16 at the state location in western Lebanon.
Four weeks later, on Tuesday April 13th, he returned with his CDC and reported the vaccine he had been given to get his second dose.
‘[The medic] said “are you ready for a sack?” I said, “Sure,” and he nudged me, “Richards told the station.
“As soon as he nudged me, he looked at my card and I think he realized he was just giving me the Pfizer.”
‘I looked at him and said, “You didn’t just give me the wrong shot.” And he ran away! I don’t know if I had a really angry face. ‘
The paramedic picked up the supervisor, who came to see Richards and spoke to him
Richards said a supervisor came over and spoke to him.
‘[The supervisor said] : “You will be fine. The good news is that you are fully vaccinated,” and I’m just saying, “That won’t happen,” said Richards.
Current CDC recommendations suggest that in “exceptional situations” a person only receives a second shot of another vaccine.
“These mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccines,” the CDC writes on its website.
‘The safety and efficacy of a mixed line of products has not been assessed. Both doses in the series should be terminated with the same product.
“In exceptional circumstances where the vaccine product of the first dose cannot be determined or is no longer available, any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with a minimum interval of 28 days between doses.”
New Hampshire on Wednesday The Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement to WMUR 0 stating that Richards will be fine.
“A mixed series is safe as CDC guidelines recommend mixing the series if the brand from the first dose is not available for the second dose,” the statement said.
“Although no clinical studies have been conducted to determine whether a mixed series is as effective as a full series, it still provides sufficient protection that a third dose is not necessary or recommended.”
In Europe, health authorities have now considered allowing people to mix and match doses to increase vaccination rates.
In addition, a large UK study testing whether or not COVID-19 vaccines could be safely mixed was expanded on Wednesday.
Initially, the researchers injected volunteers with a dose of the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine, followed by a dose of Pfizer a few weeks later and vice versa.
As part of the expansion, volunteers will now be tested with a cocktail made from the Moderna vaccine and the Novavax vaccine.