Walgreens accidentally gave 2 kids COVID-19 vaccines instead of flu shots, attorney says


FILE – A pharmacy technician loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at a mass vaccination site at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. An announcement was expected as soon as this week, with doses beginning to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – An Evansville family is seeking legal help after their attorney says that the family, including a four- and five-year-old, was given the COVID-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot.

According to attorney Dan Tuley, the family went to the Walgreens on St. Joe on Monday to get flu shots but they were given four doses of a COVID-19 vaccine instead. Tuley says the parents received a phone call from the pharmacy 90 minutes later telling them that a mistake was made.

Tuley says that the parents, who have not yet been identified, contacted the CDC and health officials. The parents say their children are currently ill. They also said they were told by a pediatric cardiologist that the children showed heart issues after receiving the shots.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Walgreens on St. Joe for comment. They said that they can not comment on specific patient events, but such instances are rare and they have reviewed their multi-step vaccination procedure with their pharmacy staff in order to prevent such occurrences.

Tuley says no lawsuit has been filed at this time

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