Shortly after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced vaccine rollouts for children aged 5-11, incompetent officials in Loudoun County, Virginia, have already administered the wrong shot to more than 100 young children. Ted Pharmacy in Aldie can no longer administer COVID-19 vaccines, after giving a reported 112 young children the wrong dosage.
The Virginia Department of Health confirmed on Friday that 112 kids in this age group were given a COVID-19 vaccine suited for people 12 or older. The pharmacy simply gave the adult formula to the 5-11-year-olds in smaller amounts.
“Because they did not have the children’s formulation they used the adult formulation but only gave a third of the amount to the children,” said David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department. “Our understanding from Ted Pharmacy is they were trying to do a workaround, which is not authorized.”
Goodfriend told The Washington Post that children could have received either too much or too little of the vaccine.
“For those 12 years and older, the dosage of the adult formulation is 30 micrograms (0.3 ml). Our understanding is that Ted Pharmacy attempted to give the correct 10 microgram dosage to those under 12 by administering 0.1 ml of the adult formulation,” Goodfriend told WUSA 9.
It was an “observant parent” who notified the Virginia Department of Health on Nov. 4, the director said.
Authorities confiscated the remaining COVID-19 vaccines from the pharmacy, and Ted’s has since been removed from both the state and federal vaccination programs. In a letter, the Loudoun County Health Department urged parents to contact health providers for guidance.
Despite claims from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that vaccines are safe for children, the Pfizer-BioNTech shot is the only vaccine authorized for 5-11-year-olds. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots are still not approved for anyone under the age of 17.
Just two weeks ago, an FDA committee member admitted he didn’t know the long-term risk of administering the vaccine to children but approved it anyway. “We’re never going to learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it,” he said.
Known COVID vaccine side effects have included flu-like symptoms, myocarditis (an inflammation of the heart muscle that can lead to deadly complications), and severe allergic reactions resulting in anaphylactic shock.