A pharmacist at a Maryland Walgreens accidentally gave a four-year-old girl the Covid-19 vaccine instead of the flu shot. Colette Olivier was injected with the adult dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, currently only approved for children over the age of 12.

The girl’s mother, Victoria Olivier, was devastated when she learned about the mistake and left her fearful about her daughter’s health.


“All of us were just stunned. No one really knew what to do, of course.” – Victoria Olivier 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no idea about the effects or safety of the vaccine on a four-year-old child. Currently, the child appears to be doing ok.

“FDA has not evaluated data pertaining to the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for use in children younger than 12 years of age, nor has FDA approved or authorized the vaccine for emergency use for this pediatric population. We are glad to hear that the child is doing well and hope that she eventually received her flu vaccine.” – FDA Spokesperson


Phil Caruso, a spokesperson for Walgreens, said that these types of mistakes are extremely rare.

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“We are in touch with the patient’s family, and we have apologized. Our multistep vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the chance of human error. We’ve recently reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff in order to prevent a future occurrence.” – Phil Caruso 

This isn’t the first time that Walgreens has made this mistake…

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