An 8-year-old boy accidentally received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas, thanks to “human error,” according to a report.
The boy was recently inoculated at a Dallas County vaccine facility operated by first responders in Grand Prairie after the boy’s father registered him online through a county website and obtained an appointment, NBC 5 Dallas reported. Fort Worth.
The three COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the US are only for use in people 18 or older or 16 years of age, according to the manufacturer.
Pediatrician Marcial Oquendo told the media that the boy’s father, who was not identified, believed that it was okay to vaccinate his son, since he was able to register and received a QR code.
“He assumed, ‘I submitted his information and he got an appointment,'” Oquendo said. “And when he got a date, he said, ‘We all have a date, so let’s go.’
Dad only realized a mistake was made after talking to Oquendo.
“We don’t have the data, especially those under 12 to say if it works, if it’s safe, how much we should use, which child can get it and which ones can’t,” said Oquendo. “It should be in a controlled setting of a clinical trial where we are monitoring all possible angles to be able to say if it is safe and effective to use in children of this age group.”
Grand Prairie Fire Department Chief Robert Fite confirmed to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth that the boy was one of 3,800 people who got vaccinated at the scene that day.
Fite said the department plans to locate the paramedic who administered the injection and obtain more information about how the mishap happened.
“They are in the car, there is a code, the paramedic did what that paramedic did for thousands of people that day and he went ahead and gave the vaccine, and he did not realize that it was a child under 18 years old,” he said. Fite, according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
Fite explained that if a person receives a QR code to receive the vaccine, “part of our assumption is that they understand who should register and who should not.”
Fite said the vaccine site operates under the authority of Dallas County and is also seeking responses from county officials.
“We had some questions about how a child under the age of 18 could register,” he said. “If there was a bug system in place, we wouldn’t even have to worry because it wouldn’t be able to register.”
Meanwhile, Oquendo said he has notified the Dallas County Pediatric Society and Medical Society of the case, according to the news site.
“We are still trying to figure out what to do next,” he said. “We are trying to find out who needs to know what.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told the news outlet that “human error” allowed the child to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“He was included in the suspended ineligible list. There was human error and that list was moved to include people under the age of 50 on the eligible list. They didn’t scrub for people under the age of 18, ”Jenkins said.
Jenkins added: “We have our IT department working with the third party company to ensure it doesn’t happen again, see if it can be fully automated.”
“We have more training for our doctors, so that they know that if they see a person who does not seem old enough for that vaccine, they understand that we do not give the vaccine to anyone under 16 years of age, or to anyone. under 18 if it’s Johnson & Johnson or Moderna, ”Jenkins said.
Both Pfizer and Moderna have begun testing their COVID-19 vaccines in younger children.
Pfizer said late last month that its vaccine is 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15.