Indiana parents say their children, ages 4 and 5, were accidentally given COVID vaccines instead of the flu shot – and the kids are now suffering side effects including high blood pressure

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  • Alexandra and Joshua Price from Evansville, Indiana went to a Walgreens store with their two kids on October 4 so they could all get flu shots
  • Instead, all four of them – including five-year-old Sofia and four-year-old Lucas – were given an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid vaccine.
  • Both children suffer from a range of effects including fever, cough, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate.
  • Pfizer’s vaccine is approved only for people 16 years of age and older and for people 12 to 15 years of age
  • The company has submitted an application for FDA authorization for reduced dosage in children aged 5-11

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Indiana parents say their children were accidentally given an adult dose of a COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shots.

Evansville’s Alexandra and Joshua Price told WFIE That family went to a Walgreens store on October 4 to get influenza medicine for all of them.

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Instead, Prices says, the pharmacist gave doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine not only to adults but also to their five-year-old daughter Sophia and four-year-old son Lucas.

However, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for people 16 years of age and older and is authorized for people 12 to 15 years of age.

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The company has submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization in children ages five to 11.

Prices says her children are now experiencing side effects including high blood pressure and increased heart rate.

Alexandra and Joshua Price from Evansville, Indiana, went to a Walgreens store with their two kids on October 4 to get all the flu shots. Pictured: Alexandra (far left) and Joshua (second from right) with their two children

Instead, all four of them - including five-year-old Sofia and four-year-old Lucas - were given an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid vaccine.  Pictured: Prices with their two kids

Instead, all four of them – including five-year-old Sofia and four-year-old Lucas – were given an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid vaccine. Pictured: Prices with their two kids

Alexandra told WFIE that she didn’t know anything was wrong until she received a call from a Walgreens employee about the mistake.

She and her husband had already been fully vaccinated before April 2021, but they weren’t concerned only about the extra dose they got for their children.

She said, ‘Walgreens called me to say there was something wrong, we didn’t get the flu shot.’

‘ And I’m like: “Well what did we get?” And he was like: “We got the COVID-19 shot” and immediately I was like: “Well what does this mean for my kids…?”

Daniel Tule, a lawyer representing the Price family, told WFIE that after the incident, Walgreens issued vaccine cards to the entire family from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The cards clearly show that the children’s birthdays are in 2016 and 2017.

Prices says her children have been exhibiting side effects since receiving the adult dosage, including fever, cough, high blood pressure and heart issues.

Both children suffer from the effects of fever, cough, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate.  Pictured: Joshua and Alexandra with their two children

The Pfizer vaccine is approved only for people 16 years of age and older and is authorized for people 12 to 15 years of age.  Pictured: Joshua and Alexandra with their two children

Both children suffer from other effects including fever, cough, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. The Pfizer vaccine is approved only for people 16 years of age and older and is authorized for people 12 to 15 years of age. Pictured, left and right: Joshua and Alexandra with their two children

‘[The cardiologist] Alexandra told WFIE, ‘Our daughter was having higher blood pressure than she would like.

‘And Lucas, our son was having tachycardia…’ which is when the heart rate is too fast.

These problems are likely to occur because children have received adult doses.

Children are often the last group tested during vaccine clinical trials because they are not the only younger adults.

Their bodies and immune systems behave differently, which means they may need different treatments.

Also, children may require different doses depending on their height, weight, and age.

Last month, Pfizer said it had selected a lower dose for COVID-19 vaccine trials in children than in adolescents and adults.

People 12 years of age and older get two 30 microgram (μg) doses of the vaccine.

However, a 10 μg dose was given to children aged five to 11 years and a three μg dose to children aged six months to four years.

In a statement to WFIE, Walgreens wrote, ‘Due to privacy laws, we cannot comment on specific patient incidents.

‘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 the well being of our patients.

‘Our multi-stage vaccination process includes multiple safety checks to reduce the potential for human error and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff to prevent such incidents.’

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