A couple from Indiana said a Walgreens pharmacy gave their children a COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shots.
“Walgreens called me to tell me there had been some confusion, we didn’t get the flu shot,” Alexandra Price told WFIE.
A similar incident happened in Baltimore, Maryland, where a 4-year-old received the Pfizer vaccine.
A couple in Indiana claim that a Walgreens pharmacy mistakenly gave their 4- and 5-year-old children adult doses of the COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shots, local media outlet WFIE reported.
Alexandra and Joshua Price said they took their children to Walgreens on October 4 to get their flu shot, but instead they received doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The Pfizer vaccine is licensed for use in children 12 years of age and older and is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for children 5 to 11 years old. They did not apply for eligibility for children under five.
“Walgreens called me to tell me there had been some confusion, we didn’t get the flu shot,” Alexandra Price told WFIE. “And I’m like what did we get? And it was like we got the COVID-19 vaccine, and instantly I was like, well, what does that mean for my kids? “
Daniel Tuley, who represents the Price family, showed WFIE the immunization records of their 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, showing that they were born in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The couple took their children to a pediatric cardiologist, WFIE reported, and the doctor told them their daughter had high blood pressure and their son had tachycardia – a rapid heartbeat out of proportion with age and the level of effort.
“You hope it’s just the stress of being in the doctor’s office and an unknown response, but at the same time you’re like, ‘What if it isn’t? “” Alexandra Price told WFIE. “You worry constantly. They’ve been sleeping in our bed in our room since Monday night of last week, so we can keep an eye on them, and that’s just – no one knows what to expect because they don’t. there isn’t much to do. Help us. “
Walgreens representatives did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. Tuley did not immediately respond to Insider’s email.
In a statement to the Evansville Courier and Press, a spokesperson for Walgreens said, “Patient safety is our top priority, and due to privacy laws, we cannot comment on specific events of patients. patients. “
“But generally, such cases are rare and Walgreens takes these matters very seriously. In the event of a mistake, our first concern is always the well-being of our patients,” the statement continued. “Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the risk of human error and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff to avoid such occurrences.”
Last month, a similar incident occurred in Baltimore, Maryland, in which another couple took their 4-year-old daughter to a Walgreens pharmacy for a flu shot, but she received the Pfizer vaccine. instead, the Baltimore Sun reported.
“It won’t happen often,” epidemiologist Brian Castrucci told the newspaper. “We should never have a mistake in our care, but it is a mistake that has caused no harm. It is not poison.”
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