Clinic gives patients 'empty' COVID-19 vaccines

A Virginia Kroger location reportedly administered shots with empty syringes to people expecting to get coronavirus vaccines.

It happened in a suburban Richmond location of the grocery chain, according to WRIC.

Store officials said the person giving the shots thought that a colleague had filled the syringes.  A spokesperson told the station that fewer than 10 people got the shots of air. 

The patients were later contacted to come back for the actual vaccine.

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"We apologize for this oversight and the inconvenience caused for these customers," a Kroger spokesperson told WRIC in a statement. 

The spokesperson said previous statements from the grocery chain about the syringes being filled with saline were incorrect.

A similar incident occurred in Colorado in January when an 82-year-old woman expecting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic was mistakenly injected with an empty syringe.