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Pharmacy Fairfax Co. gives wrong COVID-19 vaccine to young children

A Virginia pharmacy in Fairfax County incorrectly administered the coronavirus vaccine to those 12 and to young children.

A Virginia pharmacy in Fairfax County incorrectly administered the coronavirus vaccine to those 12 and to young children.

The Fairfax County Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health said KC Pharmacy in Lorton gave children ages 5 to 11 doses formulated for ages 12 and older. It happened between November 2 and November 10.

Twenty-five children received 0.1 milliliters, or 10 micrograms, of the Pfizer vaccine formulation designed for ages 12 and older. The Pfizer vaccine intended for the age group of 5 to 11 years has an orange cap and a label with an orange border. It is given as a primary series of two doses three weeks apart and is a lower dose than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older, who receive 30 micrograms.

The health department has reached out to the families to provide guidance. They are encouraged to call their child’s doctor to discuss options to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series, which, based on the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, means that their child’s series of vaccines should be restarted at least 21 days after the wrong dose or continued with the second dose as scheduled.

KC Pharmacy has been removed from both state and federal COVID-19 vaccination programs and the remaining vaccine stock is now with the health department. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy plans to investigate what happened.

Affected families should monitor their child for side effects, which can occur one to three days after vaccination.

Side effects may include fever, chills, fatigue, pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, headache. If additional or more serious side effects develop or persist, contact your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider.

Last week, a pharmacy in Loudoun County, Virginia gave about 100 children a low dose of the adult version of the vaccine instead of the pediatric version especially for children under 12. In Maryland, nearly 100 students received a diluted amount of the Pfizer vaccine at an elementary school clinic in Montgomery County.


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