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Fairfax County Pharmacy Incorrectly Administering COVID-19 Vaccine To Children Ages 5-11

According to the Fairfax County Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health, a pharmacy in Fairfax County incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine formulated for ages 12 and older to children ages 5 to 11.

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KC Pharmacy, a pharmacy in Lorton, misadministered the vaccine to 25 children between Nov. 2 and Nov. 10.

The Fairfax County Health Department has contacted the families to inform them of the wrong dosage and to offer advice.

This is the fourth instance in the DMV of a pharmacy incorrectly administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 and the third instance in Virginia.

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Both the Virginia Department of Health and the Fairfax County Health Department recommend that these parents review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the manufacturer’s (Pfizer) guidelines regarding incorrect dosing of the COVID-19 vaccine.

After reviewing the CDC guidelines, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician or health care provider to discuss options for completing the COVID-19 vaccine series. Based on CDC guidelines and clinical decision making, parents may choose to do any of the following:

– Restart the child’s COVID-19 vaccine series at least 21 days after the wrong dose is given

– Continue with the child receiving the second dose as scheduled.

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KC Pharmacy, whose staff administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, has been removed from both state and federal COVID-19 vaccination programs.

The health department now holds all of KC Pharmacy’s remaining COVID-19 vaccine stock, and the matter has been referred to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy for further investigation.