An elderly Ohio man went into shock and needed to be hospitalized when he was accidentally given two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in a single day.
Victor Smith, 91, an amputee, got his first dose of the vaccine Jan. 22, local station WLWT 5 reported.
He became extremely tired afterward and fell, according to the report. He went to Fort Hamilton Hospital in the city of Hamilton, 20 miles north of Cincinnati, and was then transferred to the Jamestown Rehab Facility days later.
Then on Feb. 25, he was scheduled for his second shot at the Butler County Fairgrounds. But that day, he ended up getting his third as well, his daughter Dawn Smith Theodore told the outlet.
Victor Smith, 91, an amputee, got his first dose of the vaccine Jan. 22, 2021.ABC News
“They transported him to get his shot, and when he came back, I spoke to him, he was good,” Theodore said. “And then at 3:45 p.m., I guess a city firefighter came in and said they have a shot for Victor, and the nurse said ‘Victor Smith?’ and he said ‘Yes,’ so they gave him the room number and sent him to Room 202, which is where my dad was.”
But the vaccine actually went to the wrong Victor, according to the report.
Smith’s daughter said he is recovering.ABC News
“My dad said, ‘I got two vaccines,’” Theodore told the outlet.
“His blood pressure at that point was 86 over 47, and so they could not administer Lasix which would help the fluid around the lungs because his blood pressure was too low,” she added. “They pretty much told me he was not going to make it.”
Smith’s condition ultimately improved and his daughter said he is recovering well — but said she doesn’t want the same mistake to happen to anyone else.
In a joint statement, the City of Hamilton and Community First Solutions told the outlet “a City of Hamilton resident inadvertently received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day.”
“The individual was a patient of Jamestowne Rehabilitation where all vaccinations are completed by outside parties who are trained and appropriately certified, in this case the City of Hamilton Fire Department,” the statement said. “Jamestowne staff recognized the patient’s signs of distress and responded immediately.”
“The patient was transported to the hospital and the family was promptly contacted. Both Jamestowne and the City of Hamilton Fire Department have begun investigations into the incident. Our thoughts are with the patient and his family as he continues his recovery.”
On Feb. 25, Smith was scheduled for his second shot at the Butler County Fairgrounds. But that day, he ended up getting his third as well, his daughter Dawn Smith Theodore said.ABC News