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Walgreens mistakenly gave family COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shot: children showed side effects

Joshua and Alexandra Price say they and their two children were mistakenly vaccinated against COVID-19 a week ago instead of a flu shot at their local Walgreens pharmacy. After being vaccinated, they developed side effects. Writes about it CNN.

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Price took their 4- and 5-year-olds to Walgreens in Evansville, Indiana on October 4 for their annual shots. About 90 minutes later, the pharmacist called and said they were wrong - the whole family was injected with doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for adults.

“When they called us saying that they made a mistake and got the wrong vaccinations, I was just shocked,” said Alexandra Price. "I immediately asked what the children should do."

While Alexandra and Joshua, already fully vaccinated since April last year, were not worried about themselves, they were more worried about 5-year-old Sophia and 4-year-old Lucas.

“Lucas felt bad even before we got back from Walgreens,” said Alexandra.

“He was feeling lethargic and already had a fever,” Joshua added.

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is approved for people 16 years of age and older, although it is approved for emergency use in people 12 to 15 years of age. Pfizer announced in a tweet on October 7 that it has filed a formal request for an emergency authorization to use a lower dosage vaccine for children aged 5-11.

"They'll probably do well," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. "The only difference is that they received three times the dose that is undergoing clinical trials."

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“They will be monitored, but they should be fine,” Hotez said. "There is now a lot of data on children aged 5 and over."

He added that the additional dose of Alexandra and Joshua's vaccine is similar to the booster dose.

Walgreens has provided proof of vaccination so the family can show healthcare professionals in the event of an emergency. But Price said Walgreens was hesitant.

“They intended to involve their legal department in the case and did not want to give us these cards, so we got our own lawyer,” Alexandra said.

Joshua explained that the cards were important evidence for doctors if the children continued to get sick. Walgreens handed them the cards the next day, he said.

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Walgreens spokesman Chris Lathan released a statement saying that due to privacy laws, he is unable to comment on a specific event.

“Such cases are rare and Walgreens takes these issues very seriously,” the statement said. - In the event of any mistake, our primary concern is the welfare of our patients. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the chance of human error, and we discussed this process with our pharmacy staff to prevent this happening. ”

Walgreens does not comment on how the vaccine confusion could have occurred.

Symptoms did worsen for Sophia and Lucas, and the parents took the children to a cardiologist.

“After Pfizer was vaccinated against COVID-19, children experienced a number of side effects. Symptoms that children experience include fever, body aches, coughs, headaches and nausea, the family's lawyer Dan Tooley said in a statement. “Children 4 and 5 years old are being treated by a pediatric cardiologist for tachycardia and high blood pressure.”

Alexandra said that Lucas got better and Sofia's condition worsened.

Alexandra and Joshua themselves continue to slowly recover from symptoms that developed shortly after vaccination. These symptoms include high blood pressure, fever, chest pain, and headaches.

“It's been over a week now and I still have high blood pressure and chest pain,” complains Joshua. He said that the attending physician is monitoring his condition.

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