Fla. Walgreens gives 5-year-old boy an adult dose of COVID-19 vaccine

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 12 years old sits ready for use at a vaccination site in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 12 years old sits ready for use at a vaccination site in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:46 AM PT – Friday, November 12, 2021

A Walgreens pharmacy reportedly gave a five-year-old the adult dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine. A Florida mom took her 5-year-old son to get vaccinated at a Walgreens this week when the pharmacist gave him an adult vaccine.

After being unable to book an appointment with a pediatrician, mother Erin Slutak opted for a Walgreens instead. She said that the pharmacy worker explained that the mistake was made because he was concentrating on her son’s allergies.

“He was more concerned that my son has allergies and he was worried about that as opposed to giving him the proper vaccine,” Slutak told a reporter.

A similar incident happened in Virginia this week after 112 children in Loudon County were accidentally given adult doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This pharmacy has been temporarily blocked from administering any vaccines after the incidents.

Dr. Marcos Mestre, Chief Medical Officer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital said its especially important that the parents of the children who were vaccinated with the wrong dosage pay attention to symptoms such as chest pains or shortness of breath

“More headaches, more fever, a little bit more fatigue,” explained the doctor when referring to medical trials of children who took adult dosages. “So likely not going to have any serious consequences, but something to monitor in terms of any sort of side effects that could occur.

Slutak urged other parents to pay extra attention when taking their children in for the vaccine to ensure they are receiving the correct dose.

MORE NEWS: Calif. School District Will Not Comply With Vaccine Mandate

Original Article Oann