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Loudoun Co. Pharmacy Is Giving Adult COVID-19 Vaccines To Children, Resulting In Lower Than Recommended Doses

A pharmacy in Loudoun County, Virginia incorrectly gave lower doses of the adult Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children under 12, potentially causing more than 100 children to receive lower doses than recommended.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to clarify that the pharmacy administered low doses of the adult COVID-19 vaccine to children under 12 years of age, which may have resulted in the children receiving doses lower than the recommended doses.

A pharmacy in Loudoun County, Virginia incorrectly gave low doses of the adult Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children under 12, potentially causing more than 100 children to receive lower doses than recommended.

The county health department sent a letter to parents on Wednesday informing them that Ted Pharmacy in Aldie administered the wrong doses on Nov. 3 and 4. than recommended.”



Ted Pharmacy injected about 112 children with the wrong dosage, the state’s health department told WTOP’s news partner, NBC Washington. The pharmacy has since been removed from the state’s vaccine program.

The adult dose of Pfizer is 30 micrograms; the pediatric dose is only 10 micrograms. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say providers cannot simply give children under 12.10 micrograms of the adult dose, “because the dose cannot be guaranteed in this smaller volume.”

Dosages for children are also packaged differently. The adult dose comes with a purple cap while the pediatric dose has an orange cap to avoid confusion.

The Virginia Department of Health said all affected children should see their pediatrician or primary care physician to determine the best plan of action.

According to CDC guidelines, doctors may restart the child on the appropriate two-dose schedule 21 days later, or continue on a second, appropriate pediatric dose as scheduled.

Parents should monitor children for side effects of the vaccine such as fever, chills, fatigue, pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, and headache. These side effects are likely to occur one to three days after the injection, and most occur the next day.

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