According to the Washington Examiner and state officials, a pharmacy in Loudoun County, Virginia was found to have been administering the wrong Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 5-11 years old. Instead of receiving the heavily diluted version that was “approved” by the FDA for use in children of that age, over 100 were given the doses that are meant for everyone ages 12+, including adults.
Between November 3rd and 4th, the Virginia Department of Health said that it believes Ted Pharmacy in Aldie gave a total of 112 children, according to NBC Washington, who were under 12 years old the wrong vaccine. Because of the incident, federal and state officials removed the pharmacy from the state’s vaccination program and repossessed any Covid vaccines that were at the location.
Ted Pharmacy claimed that the wrong doses were “accidentally” given when they were questioned by state officials, but their excuse was directly contradicted by parents who say they questioned the staff about the version of the vaccine when their children received the jab.
News4 Washington spoke with some of the parents about what happened, including one mother who says she noticed that her daughter was about to receive the wrong dose of the vaccine, which made her question the Pharmacist, but he went ahead and jabbed her daughter anyway.
The mother, Dasha Hermosilla, says that when she asked about why the vaccine for her 7-year-old daughter had an orange cap – which is found on the stronger version of the vaccine meant for 12 and up – instead of a purple one – which is the diluted version meant for young children – she was told that it was “OK” to do, even though it is definitely not.
You don’t have to be a pharmacist to know it’s not okay either – a simple google search could tell you that.
From Hermosilla’s interview with News4:
“Nothing says that you can change purple to orange. I had this pit in my stomach that, like, what did they just do to my daughter?
The way they have dealt with individuals [at Ted Pharmacy] is really, like, ‘oh it’s no big deal.‘ There are dozens and dozens of families out there that don’t even know this is an issue.”
Despite taking action against the Pharmacy and revoking their status from the state’s vaccination program on the 5th, the Loudoun County Health Department did not issue a public alert about the incident until AFTER Hermosilla’s interview with News4.
In their statement, they instructed parents to check with their pediatrician to decide the best course of action and monitor their children for any adverse reactions.
The negligence of the staff at Ted Pharmacy, whether willful or ignorant, is absolutely inexcusable – it’s hard to believe that 112 children “mistakenly” received the wrong dose when the guidelines clearly explain that children under 12 must get their own specific diluted version of the vaccine – they even color-coded the caps of the vials to ensure against the flagrant incompetence that they are claiming.
State health officials have indicated to local community members that the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has opened an investigation into the license of Ted Pharmacy, but they would not confirm the inquiry to numerous news outlets when they were asked for comment.
According to The Washington Examiner:
“A spokesperson for Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy would not confirm an investigation is underway but said if one should “reveal there is probable cause to believe a law or regulation was broken, an Informal Conference or a Formal Hearing before the board may be held for consideration of possible disciplinary action.”