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People at Sauk Centre vaccine clinic receive saline instead of COVID-19 shot

There is no medical risk to this, and they're being rescheduled to get the actual vaccine.

A "small number" of people were given a saline-only injection instead of the COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic in Sauk Centre on March 12, CentraCare told Bring Me The News in a statement. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is normally mixed with a saline solution before being administered but in this case, people were only given saline. 

"The issue was discovered within a short amount to time and those affected have been contacted and rescheduled for the actual vaccine," CentraCare said. 

The good news is there's no medical concern related to getting an injection of saline. 

"We understand the anxiety and disappointment it brings to those who thought they received this long-awaited vaccine," CentraCare said. "The incident was immediately addressed with staff involved and new processes have been put in place to ensure the error does not happen again."

Something similar happened at a Hy-Vee in Mankato in February. Sixty-two people were given the vaccine mixed with sterile water, which is commonly used to dilute vaccinations, instead of the saline that was provided by Pfizer. There was no reason for medical concern in that incident either. 

As of March 14, more than 1.2 million Minnesotans had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 750,000 Minnesotans completing the two-dose vaccine series, Minnesota Department of Health data show.

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