Bluefield State College acknowledges giving incorrect booster doses

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 7:03 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Bluefield State College has acknowledged they gave nine employees at the school full doses of the Moderna booster instead of the recommended half dose.

This issue came to light after the Mercer County Health Department admitted they gave 250 people a full dose instead of a half dose.

Bluefield State officials say the incident occurred 5-6 weeks ago before the Moderna boosters were CDC and FDA approved. They added they immediately stopped giving the full dose booster once they learned that the recommended amount was half a dose.

“We certainly regret what occurred. We are hopeful that each of those nine individuals, it’s terrible that it happened to them. We are grateful that it wasn’t more widespread and it’s added another layer to the checks and balances for the college moving forward and its response to COVID,” said Jim Nelson, a representative for the school.

Nelson added that he was not aware of any of the nine people who received the full dose of the booster becoming ill. The school also does not mandate employees to have their booster. They also require those at the school to go through temperature checks and answer a questionnaire related to travel.

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