An Indiana family went to Walgreens to get a flu shot, including two children who were mistakenly giving adult doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
The two children were just five and four years old, the Pfizer vaccine isn’t approved for young children. The drug company is seeking approval however the dosage is only 1/3 the amount of an adult dose.
The family was told they were being given the flu shot however the pharmacy called informing them there had been a mistake. Vaccine cards were issued to all family members because the coronavirus vaccine had been given.
Both children are under the care of a pediatric cardiologist, and are showing signs of heart issues.
On Monday, Walgreen’s issued the following statement:
“Due to privacy laws, we cannot comment on specific patient events. However, in general, such instances are rare and Walgreens takes these matters very seriously. In the event of any error, our first concern is always our patients’ well-being. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the chance of human error, and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff in order to prevent such occurrences.”
The families attorney, Daniel Tuley, shared with WFIE the vaccine cards issued by Walgreens for the family’s children.
Both children are also suffering from fevers and a cough since receiving the adult dosage of the vaccine.
2 children were accidentally given the Covid vaccine instead of flu shots and are now both suffering from heart issues: pic.twitter.com/axFdm76R3A
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) October 10, 2021
This is the second reported mistake made by Walgreens after a Maryland pharmacist injected a four year old with an adult dosage of the Pfizer vaccine.
“All of us were just stunned,” the child’s mother said. “No one really knew what to do, of course.”
Luckily, the child had not experienced any major side effects.