Suara.com – A report by Baltimore Sun, found a 4-year-old girl in Maryland given the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, instead of the shot flu vaccine scheduled season.
At first, the mother of a 4-year-old child, Victoria Olivier, took her child for a flu shot at Walgreens, Baltimore. However, a pharmacist who handled his child gave him an injection Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer at the adult dosage.
Moreover, Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine has not yet received approval by the Food and Drug Administration to be injected into children under the age of 12.
Phil Caruso, a spokesman for Walgreens, said that patient safety is the company’s top priority. According to him, cases of mistakenly giving this vaccine injection are very rare, so they will deal with this problem very firmly.
“We contacted the patient’s family and apologized. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize errors. Recently, we reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff to prevent a similar incident in the future,” Phil Caruso was quoted as saying. from Fox News.
The error arises because children under the age of 12 are not eligible for vaccination. Although Pfizer-BioNTech has submitted clinical trial data from a Covid-19 vaccine study among children ages 5-11 years to the FDA.
However, the FDA has yet to give approval. They also have not evaluated the data regarding safety and effectiveness Pfizer vaccine for children under 12 years of age.
On the other hand, trial data among 2,268 participants aged 5-11 years showed that small doses of Pfizer vaccine injections were safe and well tolerated in children of this age range.
Meanwhile, Olivier said he was shocked by the incident that happened to his son. They have also contacted the 24/7 nurse hotline, Poison Control and reached out to their network of social media friends for help.
Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS, assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins believes that administering high doses of the vaccine to children may lead to increased side effects.
Panagis is also trying to figure out the bad effects that may arise due to the administration of a high enough dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to children under five.