A family, including two kids aged 4 and 5, were mistakenly administered adult doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine instead of flu shots in Indiana.
CNN quoted Wallgreens spokesperson Chris Lathan's statement given to them, saying that the privacy laws prevented Wallgreens to comment on a specific event. The statement further read that in the event of any error, Walgreen's first concern was always their patients' well-being and that their multistep vaccination process included safety checks to ensure minimal human errors from their pharmacy staff. However, Wallgreens did not deny the incident ever happening but refrained from commenting on how the incident occurred.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended the Pfizer vaccines for emergency use of authorization for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA panel accepted Pfizers' data indicating the vaccine is safe and 90.7 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in this age group. Currently, there is no vaccine approved for children below age 12.
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