Indiana parents say their children are experiencing adverse reactions after they were mistakenly given the COVID-19 vaccine at Walgreens.
Joshua and Alexandra Price took their four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter to Walgreens for a flu shot a week ago, but they all got the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by mistake, CNN reported.
“When they called us and told us they made a mistake and hit us the wrong shot, I was in shock,” Alexandra Price said. “All I could say to them was, ‘What does this mean for my children?'”
For parents, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN that the COVID-19 shot would essentially be a booster shot, since the parents were already vaccinated in April.
However, her children, Sophia and Lukas, are experiencing negative side effects from the vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is only approved for ages 12 and older.
“Children have experienced a number of adverse effects since receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Fever, body aches, cough, headaches, and nausea are among the symptoms children are experiencing,” Prices attorney said, Dan Tuley, in a statement. statement.
“The 4 and 5-year-old boy is also being treated by a pediatric cardiologist for tachycardia and high blood pressure, respectively,” he added.
Joshua said Lukas began to feel ill even before the family left the store that day, according to CNN.
“They’ll probably do well,” Hotez said. “The difference is that they received a dose three times higher of a vaccine than the one being tested in clinical trials.
“It’s worrying that they got a higher dose, and they have to be monitored, but they should be doing really well,” Hotez added. “There is a lot of data available now in children ages 5 and up.”
An appointment on Tuesday showed Lukas was better, but Sophia’s blood pressure “is in the 98th percentile and she is still without energy,” Alexandra said.
Alexandra and Joshua also experienced symptoms such as high blood pressure, headaches, fever, and chest pains from their third unplanned dose.
The couple also said Walgreens was hesitant to give the family vaccination cards after the incident, saying they would have to discuss it with their legal team. Joshua said they wanted the cards as evidence for doctors at future appointments.
“They wanted to involve their legal department and they didn’t want to give us those cards, so we hired our own attorney,” Alexandra said, and the company delivered the cards to them the next day.
“Generally speaking, know that these cases are rare and Walgreens takes these matters very seriously,” said a statement from Walgreens. “In the event of any error, our first concern is always the well-being of our patients. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes various security checks to minimize the possibility of human error and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff to prevent this. type of events “.
The Hill reached out to counsel for Prices, Walgreens and Pfizer for comment.