In addition to providing 8,600 patients with false immunity, the German Red Cross nurse frequently posted about her anti-vaccination stance on social media.
What We Know:
- Police investigator Peter Beer reported there was “a reasonable suspicion” that the nurse administered shots of the saline solution instead of the coronavirus vaccine. Officials suspect her decision possibly affected high-risk, elderly citizens of Friesland.
- Due to the mix-up, investigators informed the 8,600 possibly affected people. In addition, they urged citizens to receive a second dosage of the coronavirus vaccine to ensure they are protected. Sven Ambrosy, a local counselor, shared on Facebook that Friesland authorities will work together to guarantee affected people obtain their vaccination as soon as possible. Ambrosy also expressed his shock at the event.
- It is unknown whether authorities arrested or charged the suspect in the case. Reuters wrote that Norddeutscher Rundfunk, a German radio station, only announced a special unit that investigates politically motivated crimes took over the case.
- According to Fox News, she was not the first medical officer to reject the vaccine. A Texas hospital placed 178 employees on a two-week, unpaid suspension in June because they refused to get the coronavirus vaccine. Many believe the immunization does not hold enough research, and long-term effects are currently unknown.
Currently, officials do not know why the nurse acted in such a way. However, the only evidence they hold is her several social media posts in which she voiced skepticism about the medication.