The Virginia Department of Health (VPH) confirmed that a Loudoun County pharmacy administered the incorrect COVID-19 jab for 112 children.
The group of 5-11-year-old children received a dose meant for 12+ years of age.
Ted Pharmacy, in Aldie, gave the injections on November 3rd & 4th.
The VPH confirmed the pharmacy’s error and seized the remainder of Ted Pharmacy’s COVID-19 jabs.
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JUST IN: The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed that a pharmacy in Loudoun County incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine formulated for those 12 years and older to children aged 5-11 years old.
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) November 11, 2021
The Virginia Department of Health has "confirmed" that “112 children aged 5-11 years old” were given the wrong COVID-19 vaccine at Ted Pharmacy in Aldie, VA. https://t.co/SQNvvZAhET
— MRCTV (@mrctv) November 11, 2021
The Virginia Department of Health said about 112 children in Loudoun County are affected. "I had this pit in my stomach that, like, what did they just do to my daughter?" one mother said. https://t.co/pK9KTCCTuq
— NBC4 Washington (@nbcwashington) November 11, 2021
From FOX 5 DC:
VDH believes that 112 children aged 5-11 years old were impacted by this situation on Nov. 3-4 at Ted Pharmacy in Aldie, which resulted in these children receiving a lower dose than recommended.
On November 5, state and federal authorities ordered the pharmacy to discontinue administering the vaccine, and VDH subsequently collected all COVID-19 vaccines at the pharmacy.
Officials instructed the pharmacy to notify parents about next steps, including the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding whether patients should restart the vaccine series or receive a correct second dose.
VDH is also working to contact parents and ensure they understand the guidance on next steps.
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.
Maybe the 1st paragraph is a typo, but why would 5-11-year-olds require a higher dose if the pharmacy administered one meant for a higher age demographic?
Similar to this 5-year-old receiving an adult dose, parents must worry about incompetent pharmacy staff.
But if the parents of these 112 children didn’t rush to make their kids Big Pharma lab rats, they wouldn’t have to worry.
NBC4 Washington shared parental reactions:
Dasha Hermosilla told News4 a pharmacist at Ted Pharmacy gave her daughter, 7-year-old Gryffin Fahle, a diluted dose of the vaccine for people 12 and older, which comes in a vial with a purple cap, not the orange cap of the vaccine meant for younger children.
She said the pharmacist told them it was OK. But a simple Google search later confirmed Hermosilla’s fear that it was not.
“Nothing says that you can change a purple to an orange,” Hermosilla said. “I had this pit in my stomach that, like, what did they just do to my daughter?”
Hermosilla wasn’t the only parent asking that question. Another mom sent News4 a screengrab of a Facebook conversation in which the pharmacy admitted to the mistake and apologized for the “inconvenience.”
“The way they have dealt with individuals is really, like, ‘Oh, it’s no big deal,'” Hermosilla said. “There are dozens and dozens of families out there that don’t even know that this is an issue.”
State health officials told parents the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has opened an investigation, but the agency would neither confirm nor deny that when News4 inquired.