Young kids getting wrong COVID-19 vaccine dose not a reason to panic, experts say

November 19, 2021

Health experts are urging parents to continue to get their children vaccinated after at least four separate incidents across the country where children were given the incorrect COVID-19 vaccine dosages.

The incorrect dosages were isolated incidents and did not cause adverse health effects in children, some experts say.

On Tuesday, a second Virginia pharmacy was removed from both state and federal COVID-19 vaccination programs after it incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine formulated for individuals 12 years and older to 25 children ages 5 to 11 years old, according to the Fairfax County Health Department.

In other incidents, 98 students at a vaccine clinic in Montgomery County, Maryland, were incorrectly given a diluted dose, the local health department reported this week. And in California, 14 children were given the wrong amount of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

The incidents have happened in the weeks since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 in the United States.

In several of the reported cases, children received a smaller dose of the vaccine than what is recommended.

Read more at ABC News.

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