Video captured by a KFOX14 photojournalist during the public vaccination event of the first El Paso nurses at University Medical Center of El Paso on Dec. 15, 2020, shows the syringe used on the second nurse was empty. (KFOX14)
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A mishap took place while a University of Medical Center nurse was vaccinated for COVID-19 Tuesday.
While watching the footage of the first five nurses receiving the vaccine, KFOX14 noticed a discrepancy when the second nurse went to be vaccinated.
Take a closer look at the video footage a KFOX14 photojournalist captured during the public vaccination event Tuesday.
You see the nurse is being prepped for the vaccine, but the syringe appears to be empty and the plunger has already been depressed.
Once the needle appears to go into his arm, the person giving the vaccine does not appear to push the plunger down.
It's unclear if the nurse was vaccinated or why the syringe appears to have already been depressed.
The issue appears to only have applied to the second nurse.
While looking at footage of the other nurses, it appears the syringe that was used for their vaccines was full and the plunger in each syringe had not been depressed.
KFOX14 asked UMC about what happened Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday afternoon, UMC offered the following statement:
"After numerous reports emerged on social media claiming one of the five nurses receiving a vaccination on Tuesday did not receive a full dose of vaccine, we want to remove any doubt raised that he was not fully vaccinated and further strengthen confidence in the vaccination process."
"The nurse in question today was vaccinated again. UMC has confirmed with the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that re-vaccinating the nurse will not cause adverse effects. The nurse will need to return after three weeks to receive his second dose."
See the full video of the first El Paso nurses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine below.