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Indiana family, including 2 children under 12, given COVID vaccine instead of flu shot

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations are prepared at a medical center on March 14, 2021. (Joel Carrett AAP Image viaAP)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A family of four, including a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old, were mistakenly given doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine when they went to a pharmacy on Oct. 4 to get their annual flu shots.

According to the family’s attorney, Joshua and Alexandra Price took their two children to a Walgreens on St. Joseph Avenue to get their flu shots. The couple says an employee called and notified them of the mistake an hour and a half later.

The Pfizer vaccine has not been approved for children younger than 12.

The children have experienced several adverse effects since receiving the vaccine, including fever, body aches, cough, headaches and nausea. The 4-year-old has had a fever for a week, and both children are under treatment for tachycardia and elevated blood pressure, the attorney said.

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