4-year-old child mistakenly received the adult COVID-19 vaccine instead of the flu vaccine

A 4-year-old girl from Maryland was reportedly given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mistake, rather than the seasonal flu vaccine she was supposed to receive at her local pharmacy.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Victoria Olivier took her daughter for a flu shot this month, even though a Walgreens pharmacist had given her an adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. ) for minor children. 12.

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

“Events like this are extremely rare and we take this matter very seriously,” Caruso wrote in a statement. “We are in contact with the patient’s family and have apologized. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several security checks to minimize the possibility of human error. We have recently reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff to prevent an occurrence. future. “

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The error occurs when children under the age of 12 remain ineligible for the vaccine, although Pfizer-BioNTech has submitted clinical trial data from a COVID-19 vaccine study among children ages 5 to 11 to the FDA, the companies announced Tuesday. An emergency approval request is anticipated in the coming weeks, Fox News reported. The trial data included findings among 2,268 participants aged 5 to 11 years, suggesting that the smallest dose injection was safe, well tolerated, and resulted in neutralizing antibody responses.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, USA, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in an MSNBC interview that it hopes all children will be eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year.  Photographer: Emily Elconin / Bloomberg via Getty Images

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician’s office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, USA, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in an MSNBC interview that it hopes all children will be eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine by the end of the year. Photographer: Emily Elconin / Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Emily Elconin / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Olivier told the Baltimore Sun that she and her family were “stunned” by the incident. Apparently they had called the 24/7 nurse hotline, Poison Control, and contacted Olivier’s network of friends on social media for help. So far, the boy has had no major side effects, the news outlet reported.

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In a statement to Fox News, the FDA recalled that it has not “evaluated data related to the safety and efficacy” of the Pfizer vaccine for use in children under 12 years of age, nor has it approved or authorized the emergency use of the vaccine for that pediatric population. .

“We are happy to hear that the girl is doing well and hope that she finally receives the flu vaccine,” the spokesperson wrote in an email. “Per the vaccination provider agreement, it is mandatory for vaccination providers to report vaccine administration errors to VAERS, whether or not they are associated with an adverse event. [The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System]. “

The Olivier family is reportedly does not plan to file a complaint with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.

Kayla Rivas of Fox News contributed to this report.

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