The internet believes Texas hospital worker got fake COVID-19 shot. What do you think?
On Friday, The University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) made a big deal on video of vaccinating five medical workers. The video went viral after they inoculated a front-line nurse. The hospital was immediately accused of faking the vaccination since the syringe plunger did not move. They later gave the employee a second shot to negate the allegations.
The five medical personnel were filmed getting the hospital’s first immunizations against COVID-19 on Tuesday with TV crews invited to capture the event on video.
Viewers of KTSM 9 News spoke up and said that they saw a problem with the vaccination of the second nurse. The syringe plunger appeared to have already been pushed down before the needle was inserted into Ricardo Martinez’s arm.
Questions began flying over whether the worker actually got the vaccination or not. People wanted to know if it was staged.
“Clearly that syringe was EMPTY and the plunger was already down. Where’s the bandaid? Yeah, nice try! We are not fooled!” Facebook user Barbara Siira wrote.
“Syringe is empty, the guy didn’t push the syringe at all, bad acting,” viewer Aaron Isaac Hernandez wrote.
“Just for show. I’m definitely not taking this now,” wrote another Facebook user.
The not-for-profit hospital, which has 394 beds, denied the vaccine was fake or staged but said they would be ‘taking a closer look’ at the video as well as vaccinating the nurse a second time.
UMC healthcare worker Martinez said afterward that he was “honored and privileged to be one of the first ones to get the vaccine.”
He also stated: “It feels like a little relief that we’re finally gonna get some help, we’re gonna get some vaccines. Hopefully, it’ll help because it’s been a lot of work for everybody.”
So wait, she got a double vaccination days apart without the 2 week grace period? 🙄https://t.co/U4wuWuRmwB
— 🇺🇸🦅M💥A💥G💥A🦅🇺🇲 (@BlessUSA45) December 17, 2020
UMC was one of several El Paso hospitals to start administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. UMC received more than 2,900 doses. The vaccinations began shipping across the U.S. last Sunday.
“We feel like it’s a good step to getting the global pandemic under control,” UMC CEO and President Jacob Cintron said.
Approximately 3 million doses were sent out from the plant in Michigan on Friday, ready to be administered starting on Monday.
In a statement, the hospital said: “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.”
They added that the nurse was vaccinated a second time.
“UMC has confirmed with the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that re-vaccinating the nurse will not cause adverse effects,” they said.
Wow another fake vaccination on camera…The MSM thinks we are stupid. https://t.co/y6MknV7q5I
— Stephanie (@siaisfree) December 17, 2020
The nurse will need to return after three weeks to receive his second dose.
Hospital spokesman Ryan Mielke called it “the light at the end of the tunnel we have all waited for.”
Another nurse, Raul Garcia, said it “felt good” and was “almost like a sigh of relief.”
“So far the vaccine has only had local side effects and systemic side effects that don’t last longer than two days,” Dr. Armando Meza, Chief Infectious Disease Specialist, with Texas Tech Health Sciences Center said. “Those symptoms can be fatigue, headache, and fever.”
Meanwhile, several in the UK have had adverse reactions to the vaccine. In fact, a number of recipients have had bad reactions: two in Alaska, with one being hospitalized; one in Florida; and four in Chicago, where another was also put in the hospital.