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Ted Pharmacy in Loudoun County, Virginia reportedly gave an incorrect dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine to 112 children between the ages of 5 and 11 on Nov. 3-4 according to the Virginia Department of Health.
The children in question received smaller, child-sized doses of the adult version of the vaccine. Because the adult version is more diluted, it resulted in the children receiving a lower-than-recommended dosage of the shot.
The pharmacy was ordered on Nov. 5 by state and federal authorities to discontinue administering the vaccine. The Department of Health then confiscated all the remaining vaccines at the pharmacy which has now been removed from the vaccination program.
The pharmacy was then instructed to notify all of the parents concerning what steps they should take next after the blunder. That included recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding whether the children should restart the vaccine series or receive a correct second dose. Parents are being contacted to ensure they know what to do next.
“The CDC’s guidance was that the vaccine series would not need to be restarted if the children received at least the amount recommended for their age, even if the wrong formulation was used,” David Goodfriend, who is the health director for Loudoun County Health Department said in an email to the Times-Mirror. “If there a possibility that they may have received too low of a dose, then they should consult with their child’s doctor to determine whether or not to restart the series.”
BREAKING REPORT: Ted Pharmacy In LOUDOUN COUNTY, Virginia can no longer provide COVID-19 vaccines after health officials say more than 100 CHILDREN were given the wrong dosage..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) November 11, 2021
The CDC also recommended keeping a close eye on the children for potential side effects. The pharmacy reportedly gave the children a low dose of the adult version of the vaccine rather than the pediatric version specifically for children under 12.
Goodfriend stated, “We don’t believe that any child received too much vaccine … The concern is when you cut the amount given by a third, we just don’t know if they got an appropriate dosage or not.”
“VDH has not received any other reports of pharmacies or providers administering COVID-19 vaccines formulated for 12 years and older to children 5-11 years old,” the Department of Health said in a prepared statement.
“VDH contacted other pharmacy partners with additional communication that outlined vaccine administration guidance. VDH also issued a letter to clinicians outlining information about this new vaccine formulation on November 5, 2021, which was drafted prior to receiving this report,” officials stated.
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy has opened an investigation into the case.
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to children ages 5 to 11. The FDA also authorized a new formulation of the Pfizer vaccine for individuals 12 years and older.
Then on Nov. 2, the CDC recommended the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine for children 5 to 11 should be administered as a two-dose primary series, three weeks apart. It is a much lower dose of the vaccine than those administered to 12 years and older.
In Virginia, vaccinations for younger children began on Nov. 3. The Virginia Department of Health said the state will have enough supply of the Pfizer vaccine for all children in that particular age group.
The new pediatric formulation comes in vials with orange caps and allows for the delivery of a lower dose, 10 micrograms, than the 30 micrograms for individuals who are 12 years and older, officials said in a Nov. 5 letter issued to clinicians. The Pfizer vaccine for people aged 12 years and older is supplied in vials with purple or gray caps and should not be used for children ages 5 to 11, the letter admonished.
The CDC also warned that providers were not to administer to young children 10 micrograms of the adult dose. That is because the vaccine has a different buffer and the dose cannot be assured in the smaller volume.
There was a lot of concern and outrage on social media over the goof:
100 very large lawsuits coming.
— William Harrington (@billyharry1) November 11, 2021
As a RN I hate it when people make mistakes like this. Wake up. A mistake like this could kill children
— Laura Stolmeier (@stolmeier) November 11, 2021
Who can be trusted anymore? The ineptitude from top to bottom in this country is stunning.
— Denise (@westieTX) November 11, 2021
whoopsie! oh well at least you can still sue the vaccine manufact… mmm.. nevermind : )
— Reality Czar (@TheRealityCzar) November 11, 2021
Jesus Christ 🙉!!!!
— Seray (@Seray46745783) November 11, 2021
No wonder parents are cautious
— RE Sadlon (@ReSadlon) November 11, 2021
Wow that’s really messed up
— joseph mann (@josephm38539100) November 11, 2021
What a weird coincidence happening in Loudon County.
— Brian (@FluffheadTrades) November 11, 2021
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