New Zealand Man Faces Serious Health Risks After Taking 10 COVID-19 Vaccine Shots In One Day
The man, who has not been identified, pretended to be a different person each time he visited a doctor in New Zealand. He was then given the jab before the vaccination records discovered he was the same person.
According to Mail Online, authorities believe anti-vaxxers paid the man so they could enjoy the same freedoms as the vaccinated without having to get the jab.
University of Auckland vaccinologist and associate professor, Helen Petousis-Harris described the man’s decision as a ‘really dumb thing to do‘.
I think the chances of them feeling extra awful are higher than someone who had a regular dose.
While there is limited data on the effects of multiple COVID-19 vaccines on the body, Ms. Petousis-Harris guessed the man would be feeling pretty rough the next day.
People who are not vaccinated saying they are and spreading the virus could cause serious harm, she said.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Ministry of Health vaccine program manager, Astrid Koornneef told Stuff that the department was “aware of the issue” and taking it “very seriously.”
If you know of someone who has had more vaccine doses than recommended, they should seek clinical advice as soon as practicable.
As authorities continue to investigate how the man was able to access ten vaccines, health officials remain uneasy about complicating the identification process.
They worry people who wish to get vaccinated but don’t have a photo ID could be deterred from getting the jab and receiving protected against the virus.
A health ministry spokesperson said these people tended to belong to vulnerable groups in the community like the homeless, disabled or the elderly.
‘We don’t want to create barriers to their vaccination,’ they said.
Health officials are working with law enforcement to investigate the situation. The ministry would not disclose where the incidents took place or who was involved.
There is very little data on the effects of receiving that many vaccines in one day.
Auckland University professor Nikki Turner, medical director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, told Stuff, “this is not a safe thing to do.”
So this is definitely not recommended … we have no evidence as to what side effects somebody would have with this amount of vaccine.
New Zealand has experienced an uptick in COVID-19 cases since October and recorded 103 new infections and 61 hospitalisations on Sunday.
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, reopened many businesses including restaurants and nightclubs this month after more than three months in lockdown due to an outbreak of the delta variant of COVID-19.
The city and country are now operating under a post-vaccination system in which unvaccinated people are largely unable to visit public venues.
The country is aiming to have 90% of its eligible population aged 12 and older vaccinated in each of its regions. Currently, the government has fully vaccinated 89% of the country as a whole, though some districts are lagging behind, delaying a total reopening and lifting of travel restrictions.