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Virginia pharmacy incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11

The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed that a pharmacy in Loudoun County has incorrectly administered the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 and older to children aged 5-11.

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VDH believes 112 children aged 5-11 were affected by this situation on November 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 stop administering the vaccine, and VDH then collected all COVID-19 vaccines from the pharmacy.

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Officials instructed the pharmacy to notify parents of next steps, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation regarding whether patients should restart the vaccine series or receive an appropriate second dose.

VDH also tries to reach out to parents and make sure they understand the guidelines for next steps.

VDH has not received any other reports of pharmacies or suppliers administering COVID-19 vaccines for ages 12 and older to children ages 5-11.

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VDH reached out to other pharmacy partners with additional communications outlining vaccine administration guidelines. VDH also sent a letter to clinicians on Nov. 5 with information about this new vaccine formulation, which was prepared prior to receiving this report.

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