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Parents say Walgreens mistakenly vaccinated them and their two children with the Covid 19 vaccine instead of the flu shot.

By Amy Samson and Madeleine Holcombe | CNN

Joshua and Alexandra Price say they and their two children were mistakenly given. Covid-19 Vaccine instead of flu shot at their local pharmacy a week ago – and now they are dealing with some negative symptoms.

Prices 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 that he had made a mistake. The entire family was given adult doses of the Covid 19 vaccine.

“I was shocked when they called us and told us they had made a mistake and given us the wrong shot,” said Alexandra Price. “All I could say to them was, ‘What does that mean for my kids?’ ‘

Although Alexandra and Joshua, who had already been fully vaccinated since last April, were worried about themselves, they were more worried about Sofia, 5, and Lucas, 4.

“Before he could get home from the Walgreens, Lucas began to get sick,” Alexandra said.

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

The Pfizer / Biotech vaccine is approved for people 16 years of age and older and is for emergency use for people 12 to 15 years of age. Pfizer said in a tweet on October 7 that Submit a formal request for emergency use for small doses. Of Vaccines for children 5 to 11 years of age To the Food and Drug Administration

“They’ll probably fix it,” said Dr. Peter Hottis, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “The difference is that they received three times more doses of the vaccine than had been tested in clinical trials.”

“It’s about getting more food, and they have to be monitored, but they have to do really well,” Hottis said. “There is now a lot of data for children 5 years and older.”

He added that an overdose of the Alexandra and Joshua vaccine was tantamount to taking a booster shot.

After asking Walgreens to provide them with proof of vaccination so that the family could show medical professionals what was given to them in case of an emergency, Prices says Walgreens hesitated. Alexandra said, “They want to involve their legal department. And they didn’t want to give us that card, so we got our lawyer. ”

Joshua explained that the cards were important evidence for doctors if the children kept getting sick. He said the Walgreens handed him their cards the next day.

Walgreens spokesman Chris Leighton said in a statement to CNN that he could not comment on any specific event due to privacy laws.

“In general, know that such instances are rare and that the Walgreens take these matters very seriously,” the statement said. “In the event of a mistake, our first concern is always the well-being of our patients. Our multidisciplinary vaccination procedure includes a number of safety checks to reduce the likelihood of human error, and we have worked with our pharmacy staff to ensure that The process has been reviewed to prevent such incidents.

Walgreens did not comment on how the vaccine could be mixed.

For Sofia and Lucas, the symptoms worsened and the prices took their children to heart disease.

“Children have experienced a number of adverse effects since receiving the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine. Fever, body aches, coughs, headaches and nausea are some of the symptoms that children are experiencing.” They are being treated by a pediatric cardiologist for tachycardia and an increase in blood pressure, respectively. ”

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