A couple in Indiana has alleged that a Walgreens pharmacy gave their children the COVID-19 shots they had asked for instead of the flu jab.
Evansville, Indiana residents Alexandra and Joshua Price said they visited the pharmacy on October 4 to get flu shots for themselves and their two children, ages 4 and 5.
But after they returned home, the pharmacy called to inform them that their children had mistakenly been given the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine instead of the flu shot, according to local television channel WFIE-NBC14. The Pfizer vaccine is not yet authorized for children under 12 years old.
The couple took their children to a doctor, who told them that their 4-year-old son was experiencing tachycardia, a rapid heartbeat, while their 5-year-old daughter had high blood pressure. The parents told that till Monday the boy had fever and cough, while the girl had fever. He has doctor appointments this week.
Pfizer has formally asked the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged five to 11, but a final decision was made only after an expert panel debated the evidence on October 26. will be taken.
Walgreens said patient safety is their priority, but declined to comment on the specific case because of privacy laws. “But generally speaking, such instances are rare and Walgreens takes these matters very seriously,” Walgreens said in a statement. Evansville Courier and Press.
“In the event of any error, our first concern is always the well-being of our patients,” Walgreens said. “Our multi-step 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.”
This isn’t the first time such an error has been reported from a Walgreens pharmacy. On September 18, a 4-year-old girl in Baltimore, Maryland was given the Pfizer vaccine instead of flu shots. The child has not experienced any major side effects.
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