Amy Simonson and Madeline Holcomb | CNN
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 a local pharmacy – and are now struggling with some adverse symptoms.
Price took their 4 and 5-year-olds to Walgreens in Evansville, Indiana on October 4 for their annual injections. About 90 minutes later, the pharmacist called, saying they were wrong. The whole family was given doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for adults.
“When they called us and said they made a mistake and fired the wrong shot, I was just shocked,” Alexandra Price said. “All I could say to them was, ‘What does this mean for my children? “”
While Alexandra and Joshua, already fully vaccinated since April last year, were worried about themselves, they were more worried about Sophia, 5, and Lucas, 4.
“Lucas felt bad even before we got back from Walgreens,” Alexandra said.
“He was feeling lethargic, lethargic, and already had a fever,” Joshua added.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is approved for people 16 years of age and older and has an emergency approval for people 12 to 15 years of age. On October 7, Pfizer tweeted that it has sent a formal request for an emergency use authorization for a lower dosage vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 FDA.
“They’ll probably do well,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. “The difference is that they received three times the dose of vaccine that is being tested in clinical trials.”
“It’s about the fact that they received a higher dose and need to be controlled, but they need to feel good,” 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 receiving the booster vaccine.
After Walgreens asked Walgreens to provide proof of vaccinations so the family can show healthcare workers what they did in an emergency, Price said Walgreens was hesitant. “They wanted to involve their legal department in their work and did not want to give us these cards, so we had our own attorney,” Alexandra said.
Joshua explained that the cards were important evidence for doctors if the children continued to get sick. He said Walgreens handed them the cards the next day.
Walgreens spokesman Chris Lathan released a statement to CNN saying that due to privacy laws, he is unable to comment on a specific event.
“Generally speaking, be aware that such cases are rare and Walgreens takes these issues very seriously,” the statement said. “In the event of any mistake, our first concern will always be 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 happened.
Sofia and Lucas’ symptoms worsened and Price took their children to a cardiologist.
“Children have experienced a number of side effects following Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination. Fever, body aches, coughs, headaches and nausea are some of the symptoms children experience, ”said a statement released by Price’s attorney Dan Tully. “Children 4 and 5 years old are also being treated by a pediatric cardiologist for tachycardia and high blood pressure, respectively.”
After a follow-up meeting on Tuesday, Alexandra said that Lucas got better, while Sofia’s got worse. “Her blood pressure is at the 98th percentile and she’s still losing energy.”
Alexandra and Joshua themselves continue to slowly recover from symptoms that appeared 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,” Joshua said. He said his doctor monitors blood pressure and chest pains.
CNN tried to contact Pfizer for comment but received no response.
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