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Mix-up HSE admit seven children were given adult dose of Covid-19 vaccine by accident

The HSE were forced to issue a reminder to vaccinators not to confuse adult doses with children's doses.

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Seven children have received an adult dose of the vaccine (Deposit Photos)

Seven children have received an adult dose of the vaccine (Deposit Photos)

Seven children have received an adult dose of the vaccine (Deposit Photos)

The HSE have admitted that seven children were given adult doses of the Covid-19 vaccination by accident.

A spokesperson for the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) said: “All seven reports were in association with the first dose of Comirnaty, with the majority administered in vaccination centres and the remaining administered in pharmacy/GP practice setting.”

“No suspected side-effects were described as being experienced in six of the reports, with one report describing fatigue for a short duration.”

According to the Irish Examiner, the error came to the attention of HSE staff when children attended vaccination centres for their second dose of the vaccine.

According to the vaccinators, they spotted incorrect information on the children's vaccination cards.

A children’s dosage of the Pfizer vaccine is 10mg, while an adult dose is 30mg.

The HSE were forced to issue a reminder to vaccinators not to confuse adult doses with children's doses.

A 30mg dose of the Pfizer vaccine has a purple cap on the vial, while the 10mg dose for children aged five to 11 has an orange cap.

The HSE’s National Immunisation Office (NIO) requested all staff in vaccination centres be reminded of this.

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“Cormirnaty vaccine for those aged 12 and older (purple cap) is not to be administered to children aged 5-11 years,” the reminder said.

“Parents of children in this age group who wish to have their children vaccinated should be directed to the HSE website to make an appointment at a HSE website.”

According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), as of February 2nd 17.3pc of children aged 5-11 were partially vaccinated and 3.1pc fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 75.6pc of teens aged 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated with 3.2pc partially vaccinated.

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