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Man accidentally given one too many COVID-19 vaccine doses in western Japan city

Okayama City Hall is pictured in this file photo. (Mainichi/Nana Hayashida)

OKAYAMA -- The city of Okayama in western Japan accidentally administered three COVID-19 vaccine shots to a man in his 80s in the care of a facility for older people in the city, one more than he was supposed to have, officials announced on June 3.

    Officials said the man had received two vaccine shots at the facility, but his family had additionally requested to the facility that he be vaccinated, and a worker booked a shot for him at a medical institution without checking his vaccination history. As a result, he received a third vaccine dose on June 2. The error was uncovered when the medical institution checked his reservation slip after the inoculation.

    The man was placed under observation at the facility, but as of June 3, his condition remained stable and he was not showing any symptoms.

    The Okayama Municipal Government ordered the facility and the medical institution to improve their checking systems. Officials said the city would hold a briefing for the parties involved and boost measures to prevent a recurrence.

    (Japanese original by Hanami Matsumuro, Okayama Bureau)

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