Multiple people who went to a clinic at a Virginia Kroger to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week were instead mistakenly given empty syringes. 


A Kroger spokesperson confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that one of its The Little Clinic locations “made a mistake and administered empty syringes instead of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“All impacted customers were contacted and have now received the COVID-19 vaccine,” the spokesperson added. “We apologize for this oversight and the inconvenience caused for these customers.”

A spokesperson for the grocery and pharmacy retailer told NBC’s Richmond affiliate station WWBT Wednesday that the incidentoccurredat its location in the suburban town of Midlothian. 

Kroger told local ABC affiliate WRIC that “less than 10” people were impacted by the mishap at The Little Clinic location, and also said that previous statements from the company saying that the syringes were filled with saline were determined to be incorrect following a more thorough investigation. 

A Kroger spokesperson told The Hill that the company has been in contact with the Virginia Department of Health to address the issue, and that clinic workers have now been retrained on how to properly administer the vaccines. 

“Kroger encourages everyone to receive whichever vaccine is available to them at the earliest point they become eligible,” the spokesperson added. 

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