Several patients at a Virginia Kroger clinic received an empty shot instead of a COVID-19 vaccine

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  • A Virginia Kroger location gave a few patients "empty" shots during their coronavirus vaccinations.

  • The syringes were thought to have been filled before appointments but were empty instead.

  • A Kroger representative told Insider the affected customers were later given their vaccines.

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A Virginia Kroger gave several people "empty" shots that were supposed to contain vaccines for COVID-19, according to ABC 8News.

A healthcare worker gave the shots to fewer than 10 people after mistakenly believing that the syringes had been filled by a colleague before the appointments, a Kroger representative told 8News.

The company initially told the outlets 8News and CBS 6 that the syringes contained saline but later clarified that they were empty.

"All impacted customers were contacted and have received their COVID-19 vaccine," a Kroger representative told Insider. "We thank these customers for their understanding and have apologized for their inconvenience."

The person said that the clinic was investigating the matter to prevent a similar situation from happening again and that the Virginia Department of Health was aware of the incident.

The retail chain hopes to double its vaccine capacity to 1 million doses a week.

As of March 13, about 20% of the US population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Bloomberg data shows. More Americans have received vaccines than have tested positive for the virus. At the current rate, it could take only about five months until 75% of the US population - enough for "normalcy," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci - is inoculated.

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