4-year-old mistakenly had adult COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shot

A 4-year-old girl in Maryland was reported to have been given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in error, instead of the seasonal flu shot she was due to receive at her local pharmacy.

according to Baltimore Sun, Victoria Olivier brought her daughter to get a flu shot this month, even though a Walgreens pharmacist gave an adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children under 12.

Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso told Fox News in an email that patient safety is a “top priority” for the company.

“Events like this are extremely rare and we take this very seriously,” Caruso wrote in a statement. “We are in contact with the patient’s family and have apologised. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to reduce the chance of human error. We recently reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff in order to prevent it from happening in the future.”

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The error comes because children under 12 still do not qualify for the vaccine, even though Pfizer-BioNTech provided clinical trial data from COVID-19 Serum The companies on Tuesday announced the study among children ages 5 to 11 to the Food and Drug Administration. The emergency approval request is expected to follow in the coming weeks, Fox News mentioned. The experimental data included results among 2,268 participants aged 5–11 years, indicating that a smaller dose dose was safe and well tolerated and resulted in neutralizing antibody responses.

A healthcare worker gives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at the pediatrician’s office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Anthony Fauci, president of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with MSNBC He expects all children to be eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year. Photographer: Emily Elkonen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Emily Elkonen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Olivier told the Baltimore Sun that she and her family were stunned by the accident. They apparently called their 24/7 nurses hotline, Poison Control and contacted Olivier’s network of social media friends for help. So far, the child has not shown any significant side effects, the news agency reported mentioned.

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In a statement to Fox News, the FDA reminded that it has not “evaluated data regarding the safety and efficacy” of the Pfizer vaccine for use in children under 12, nor has it approved or authorized emergency use of the vaccine for this group of children. .

“We are pleased to hear that the baby is doing well and we hope she will eventually receive the flu shot,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. According to the vaccination provider agreement, it is necessary for vaccinators to report vaccine administration errors whether or not they are related to a VAERS adverse event. [The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System]. “

Oliver Hey family It said Do not plan to file a complaint with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.

Fox News’ Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.

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