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Ontario Clinic Mistakenly Injected Multiple People With Saline Instead Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The company has implemented new safety measures so it doesn't happen again.

Mackenzie Health is apologizing after injecting some Ontarians with saline instead of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. 

In a press release, the health care provider announced that six residents who visited their COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Vaughan on Sunday, March 28, actually didn't receive a dose of the vaccine. 

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Instead, they were mistakenly giving saline, a substance used to dilute the COVID-19 vaccine dose before injected. 

The company states that this will not harm an individual. However, residents who need to be re-injected have been contacted. 

"We sincerely apologize for the error and for the uncertainty and concern this situation has caused," stated a tweet from the company. "We have undertaken a full review of our processes and have implemented additional safeguards to prevent this from happening again."

York Region expanding COVID-19 vaccinations to younger residents

On Monday, York Region announced that as of April 20, residents over 35 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine dose in five hotspots. 

Residents over 35 living in postal code spots starting with L4L, L6A, L4K, L4J or L3S will be able to book their appointments starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

On top of this, special education workers who live or work in the region can also sign up to get a dose.