Questions raised over fake COVID-19 vaccine injection given on live TV

Article reposted from KTSM Staff

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This article has been updated to include a response and photo from UMC.


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Some of our viewers raised questions about video KTSM 9 News showed from Tuesday’s COVID-19 vaccine injections at University Medical Center of El Paso, specifically the second vaccine that was administered.

In our video, you can see the UMC health care worker with his sleeve rolled up, but when it comes time for the injection, it appears that the person administering the shot doesn’t push down on the plunger — the plunger looks like it is already depressed.

Some eagle-eyed KTSM 9 News viewers wondered if the worker received the vaccine at all.

KTSM reached out to UMC — on Tuesday a UMC spokesperson maintained that all five health care workers were given full doses of the vaccine, and the hospital agreed to take a closer look at our video.

UMC said its nurse received a second COVID-19 shot to eliminate doubt that he was vaccinated. Photo courtesy of University Medical Center.

The hospital responded that the nurse whose shot was questioned has received a second dose to eliminate any doubts that he was vaccinated.

“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,” UMC said in a statement to KTSM. “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.”