An eight year-old boy was given a Covid vaccine due to ‘human error’ at a drive thru site, according to health officials. The unnamed child was one of 3,800 people jabbed at the center in Dallas after his father was able to register his son online, and obtain an appointment for him.
After driving the child to the appointment and showing the QR code, he was given the injection by a paramedic. It was only when the boy’s dad was talking to pediatrician Dr Marcial Oquendo that he realized a mistake had been made.
Dr Oquendo said: ‘He was under the assumption that, “I submit his information and he got an appointment.” And when he got an appointment, he was like, “we all got an appointment so let’s go.”‘
It is unclear what type of vaccine the boy got, and if he suffered any ill-effects as a result. Oquendo said there was still insufficient data on the safety and effectiveness of Covid vaccines in children for them to receive them.
He explained: ‘We don’t have the data, especially under the age of 12 to say if it works, is it safe, how much should we use, which kid can get it and which kids can’t.
‘It needs to be in a controlled setting of a clinical trial where we are monitoring every possible angle to be able to say if it’s safe and effective to use in kids in this age group.’
Robert Fite, Chief of Grande Prairie Fire Department, is now investigating how his paramedic ended up giving out the injection, and believes it was the result of an honest mistake.
He told NBCDFW: ‘They’re in the car, there’s a code, the paramedic did what that paramedic did for thousands of others for that day and went ahead and gave the vaccination, and did not realize it was a child under the age of 18.’
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the boy was originally put on an ‘ineligible for vaccine list,’ after his dad tried to sign him up.
He was then accidentally shifted onto an eligible list after others who were previously ineligible – such as people under 50 – became able to book.
Pfizer’s vaccine can only be given to people aged 16 and over, while the other two vaccines so-far approved in the US – by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are for over 18s only.
Vaccination trials are currently ongoing to test the shots effectiveness and safety in children.
The US has now recorded 30.7 million Covid infections, and more than 555,000 deaths. Sunday saw a record four million vaccine doses administered across the country, with 165 million doses given out so far.
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