Sutter Health gives 14 pediatric patients incorrect dose of COVID vaccine

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ANTIOCH, California. – Sutter Health’s pediatric vaccine clinic in Antioch administered the wrong dose of the COVID-19 injection to 14 patients this weekend, according to a health care representative.

dr. Jimmy Hu, chair of the Sutter Health COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force and pediatrician, wrote in a statement to KTVU that the children were given “an incorrect amount of diluent.”

Hu said that as soon as they learned of what had happened, the parents were contacted and they were given advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the situation.

“According to the CDC, patients who receive a vaccine with an incorrect volume of diluent may experience increased arm pain, fatigue, headache or fever in response to the given dose,” Hu said.

It’s unclear if there were any patients in this case who were sick or had symptoms of receiving the wrong dose.

Sutter immediately revised his processes to ensure the mistake doesn’t happen again, and Hu said the safety of his patients is a priority.

The CDC approved the COVID vaccine in smaller doses at the beginning of the month for the 5 to 11-year-old age group.

White House officials said about 900,000 children in the newly eligible age group received their first dose in the first week it became available.

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