(CNN) – Joshua and Alexandra Price claim that a week ago, at their local Walgreens pharmacy, they mistakenly got the Covid-19 vaccine instead of the flu vaccine, and now they are suffering from some adverse symptoms.
The Prices took their 4 and 5-year-old sons to the Evansville, Indiana, Walgreens on October 4 for their annual vaccinations. About 90 minutes later, the pharmacist called saying they had made a mistake. The entire family had been injected with adult doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“When they called us and told us they were wrong and we had the wrong vaccine, I was shocked,” said Alexandra Price. “The only thing I could say to them was, ‘What does this mean for my children?’
Although Alexandra and Joshua, who had already been fully vaccinated since last April, were worried about themselves, they were more worried about Sophia, 5, and Lukas, 4.
“Lukas started feeling bad even before we got home from Walgreens,” Alexandra said.
“He was feeling sick, lethargic, and had already started having a fever,” added Joshua.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is approved for individuals 16 years of age and older and has an emergency use authorization for individuals 12-15 years of age. Pfizer said in a tweet on October 7 that there was submitted a formal request for authorization of emergency use for a smaller dose of the vaccine for children 5 to 11 years to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“They’ll probably do well,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “The difference is that they received a vaccine dose three times higher than what is being tested in clinical trials.”
“It is worrisome that they have received a higher dose, and you have to watch them, but they should be very well,” Hotez said. “Now there is a lot of data on children 5 years and older.”
Hotez added that the extra dose of the vaccine Alexandra and Joshua received is similar to that of a booster shot.
After requesting that Walgreens provide them with proof of vaccination so the family could show medical professionals what was administered in an emergency, the Prices say Walgreens hesitated. “They wanted to involve their legal department and they didn’t want to give us those cards, so we contacted our own attorney,” Alexandra said.
Joshua explained that the cards were an important test for the doctors if the children got worse. He said Walgreens gave them the cards the next day.
Walgreens spokesperson Kris Lathan told CNN that due to privacy laws, she was unable to comment on a specific event.
“In general, please know that these cases are rare and that Walgreens takes these matters very seriously,” the statement said. “In the event of any errors, our first concern is always the well-being of our patients. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes various safety checks to minimize the possibility of human error and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff with the in order to prevent such situations “.
Walgreens did not comment on how a vaccine mix-up could have occurred.
Symptoms worsened for Sophia and Lukas, and the Prices took their children to a cardiologist.
“Children have experienced a number of adverse effects since receiving Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine. Fever, body aches, cough, headaches and nausea are among the symptoms children experience,” according to a published statement. by Price family attorney Dan Tuley. “Children 4 and 5 years old are also under treatment by a pediatric cardiologist for tachycardia and high blood pressure, respectively.”
After a follow-up appointment on Tuesday, Alexandra said Lucas has improved, but Sophia has worsened. “His blood pressure is in the 98th percentile and he still has no energy.”
Alexandra and Joshua continue to slowly recover from symptoms that appeared shortly after vaccination. Those symptoms include high blood pressure, fevers, chest pain, and headaches.
“It’s been over a week and I still have high blood pressure and chest pain,” Joshua said. He said he is being monitored by his doctor for blood pressure and chest pains.
CNN tried to contact Pfizer for comment, but got no response.