Pharmacist accidentally gave 4-year-old girl the Covid vaccine instead of the flu vaccine, even though the FDA has yet to approve it for children under 12
- The confusion occurred on September 18 at a Walgreens in Baltimore, Maryland
- Four-year-old Colette Oliver has reportedly suffered no major side effects so far
- Walgreens said it revised its security checks in light of the incident
- Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is not approved for use in children under 12 years of age.
- Pfizer and BioNTech yesterday provided details of a study into the use of vaccines in children aged five to 11 to the Food and Drug Administration
A four-year-old girl received a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot at a Maryland pharmacy.
Colette Oliver was taken by her mother, Victoria, to a Walgreens in Baltimore to get the seasonal jab.
However, the pharmacist accidentally gave the girl an adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on children under 12 years of age.
The confusion occurred on September 18 and Colette has not suffered any major side effects so far, the Baltimore Sun reported.
A spokesperson for Walgreens said patient safety was the company’s “top priority” and that she had apologized to the Olivers.
“Such events are extremely rare and we take this matter very seriously,” spokesman Phil Caruso wrote in a statement sent to Fox News.
“We are in contact with the patient’s family and have apologized. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the risk of human error. ‘
Colette Oliver was taken to a Walgreens in Baltimore to receive the seasonal vaccine, but instead received an adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The confusion occurred on September 18 and Colette has so far not experienced any major side effects. [Stock image]
Caruso told the network that Walgreens had reviewed the process with pharmacy staff “to avoid a future event.”
The family said they did not intend to ask local regulators to investigate.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they have submitted clinical trial data from a vaccine study in children aged five to 11 to the FDA.
The trial involved 2,268 participants and the results suggest that using a lower dose was safe.
Earlier this month, Dr. Özlem Türeci, chief medical officer of BioNTech, told the German news site Der Spiegel that the companies were due to publish the results of their study in children under 12 shortly and request that the vaccine be approved for emergency use clearance by the FDA and other agencies.
“In the coming weeks, we will present the results of our study on 5-11 year olds around the world to the authorities and seek vaccine approval for this age group,” Türeci said.
She added that the vaccine formula is the same as approved for adolescents and adults, but the dose is smaller.
The lower dose is intended to help avoid some of the potential side effects of the vaccine, including arm pain and fever.
Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for children 12 years of age and older in the United States and the European Union.
Parents and doctors have debated whether or not to vaccinate children as they only account for 0.1% of all Covid deaths in the United States
A spokesperson for Walgreens said patient safety was the company’s “top priority” and that she had apologized to the Olivers. [File photo]