Virginia Pharmacy gave wrong dosage of COVID vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 – NBC4 Washington


A pharmacy in Loudoun County, Va., Gave the wrong dosage of COVID-19 vaccine to some children, worrying parents and leading health officials to send a warning to families on Wednesday.

The Ted Pharmacy, located in a building on Stone Carver Drive in Aldie, admitted to giving children ages 5 to 11 a dose of the vaccine intended for people 12 and older. The Virginia Department of Health said about 112 children in Loudoun County are affected.

Dasha Hermosilla told News4 that a pharmacist at Ted Pharmacy gave her daughter, Gryffin Fahle, 7, a diluted dose of the vaccine for people 12 and older, which comes in a vial with a purple cap, not the orange vaccine cap. intended for the youngest.

She said the pharmacist told them it was OK. But a simple Google search later confirmed Hermosilla’s fear that this was not the case.

“Nothing says you can change a purple to orange,” Hermosilla said. “I had that hole in my stomach that, like, what did they just do to my daughter?”

The Loudoun County Health Department has started giving COVID-19 injections to children aged 5 to 11. News4’s Justin Finch reports on what parents in the area need to know.

Hermosilla wasn’t the only parent to ask this question. Another mom sent News4 a screenshot of a Facebook conversation in which the pharmacy admitted the error and apologized for the “inconvenience.”

“The way they’ve treated people is really like, ‘Oh, that’s okay’,” Hermosilla said. “There are dozens and dozens of families who don’t even know this is a problem.”

State health officials told parents the Virginia Board of Pharmacy opened an investigation, but the agency neither confirmed nor denied this when News4 investigated.

After News4’s interview with Hermosilla, the Loudoun County Health Department issued an alert regarding the pharmacy error.

“The pharmacy that administered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to your child last week has been removed from state and federal COVID-19 vaccination programs,” said David Goodfriend, director of the Department of Health of the Loudoun County, in the letter.

The health ministry said parents of affected children should first consult with their child’s pediatrician to decide the best course of action.

If a lower dose of the vaccine intended for people 12 and older is given to young children, parents can wait 21 days to restart the correct series of COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parents can either wait until the 21 days or proceed to get the second dose as scheduled, making sure it is the correct vaccine with the orange cap, the county health department said.

Health officials also said parents should watch for side effects from the vaccine such as fever, chills, fatigue and pain or redness at the injection site and call their pediatrician if their child has prolonged or more serious side effects.

Goodfriend says in the letter that Ted Pharmacy has turned over the rest of his COVID-19 vaccines to the Department of Health.

Below is the full statement that a spokesperson for the Virginia Pharmacy Board gave to News4:

The Virginia Board of Pharmacy (BOP) takes seriously the mission of the Department of Health Professions to provide safe and competent patient care by licensing healthcare professionals, upholding standards of practice, and enforcing standards of practice. providing information to health practitioners and the public.

It is important to note that under Virginia Law 54.1-2400.2, the health regulatory boards of Virginia, including the Board of Pharmacy (BOP), are not free to confirm or deny whether an investigation on a possible violation of a law or regulation is or not in progress.

If an investigation reveals that there are probable reasons to believe that a law or regulation has been broken, an informal conference or formal hearing before the board of directors can be held to consider possible disciplinary action. The Board’s findings of fact and the actions arising therefrom are contained in a Board Order which becomes a public record available online on the Board of Pharmacy’s website under License Search and Recent Case Decisions.

BOP authorizes and regulates approximately 75,000 practitioners and entities; inspects pharmaceutical facilities; manages the registration of practitioners and patients for the use of medical cannabis and regulates the five state pharmaceutical processing license holders.

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