33 residents and carers at a retirement home in Solms in western Germany were infected with the coronavirus after receiving the first dose of the vaccine. The infections were detected shortly before the second dose of the vaccine was given to one of the infected persons.
On January 8, nearly all 115 residents of the Solms retirement home in the federal state of Hessen received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and a large proportion of the nursing staff were vaccinated. 16 days later, the first case of coronavirus infection was detected in the facility.
In total, infections were detected there in 51 people, including 32 residents and 19 employees, informs the portal of the newspaper “Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung”.
According to Peter Mueller, a spokesman for the company that manages the facility, 27 of the 32 infected residents and six of the 19 infected workers had previously received the first dose of the vaccine. As reported by the portal Mittelhessen.de, the preparation Pfizer / BioNTech was used for vaccination.
“So far, all those infected are fine (…), no one has had to go to the hospital,” Mueller assures.
Cases of infection were noticed shortly before the second dose was given to one of the infected people. Then all residents and carers of the house were examined.
All infected residents are around 80 years old. The fact that these people have not been shown to have a very severe course of the disease, which is more common in seniors, may be a positive effect of the first dose.
The facility manager has asked the local health department to test the virus samples for coronavirus variants.
There have been no new cases of coronavirus in the Solms retirement home since January 26.