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Loudoun County pharmacy incorrectly administered COVID vaccines to 112 children, officials say

According to a release from health officials, the vaccines were given out at Ted Pharmacy on November 3 and 4.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — Officials with Virginia's Department of Health say a pharmacy incorrectly administered COVID-19 vaccines to 112 children under the age of 12. 

According to a release from health officials, the vaccines were given out at Ted Pharmacy on November 3 and 4.

VDH claims 112 children between the ages of 5 and 11 were administered the vaccine incorrectly. This resulted in them receiving a lower than recommended dosage. 

David Goodfriend, Director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said the way the vaccines were diluted resulted in kids getting an incorrect formula, and incorrect dosage of vaccine.

"For those 12 years and older, the dosage of the adult formulation is 30 micrograms (0.3 ml). Our understanding is that Ted Pharmacy attempted to give the correct 10 microgram dosage to those under 12 by administering 0.1 ml of the adult formulation," Goodfriend explained. "Due to the very small volume used, and concerns raised by some parents as to whether 0.1 ml was actually administered, it is possible some children were underdosed."

State and federal officials ordered the pharmacy to stop administering the vaccine and to notify parents about the next steps, including the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding whether patients should restart the vaccine series or receive a correct second dose. 

VDH is also contacting parents to make sure guidance is properly explained. 

VDH claims to have not received any other reports of pharmacies or providers incorrectly administering the COVID vaccines formulated for patients 12 and older to children between 5 and 11 years old. 

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