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Shock As Wrong Dose Of COVID Vaccine is Administered to 112 Kids

Ted Pharmacy in Aldie, Virginia, was removed from both the federal and state COVID-19 vaccine programs after it gave incorrect doses to more than 100 young children, the Virginia Department of Health said Nov. 10.

From Nov. 3-4, Ted Pharmacy administered diluted doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine formulated for people ages 12 and older to children ages 5-11, the department said. The department told local NBC affiliate WRC-TV that it believes 112 children were affected. 

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine dose for people ages 12 and older is 30 micrograms, whereas it is 10 micrograms for children ages 5-11. However, providers cannot dilute adult doses to create children’s shots, as Pfizer’s children’s dose has a different formulation than the adult dose.

The health department said the diluted doses administered at Ted Pharmacy resulted in a dose that is “potentially lower than recommended.” It directed parents of affected children to seek advice from their healthcare provider on how to best complete their child’s vaccine series.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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