8-year-old accidentally receives COVID-19 vaccine

8-year-old accidentally receives COVID-19 vaccine

An 8-year-old boy accidentally received a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Texas, thanks to “human error,” a report said.

The child was recently inoculated at a Dallas County drive-up vaccine facility operated by first responders in Grand Prairie after the boy’s father registered him online through a county Web site and got an appointment, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The three COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the US are only for use in individuals 18 and older or 16 and older, depending on the maker.

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Pediatrician Marcial Oquendo told the news outlet that the child’s father – who was not identified – believed it was OK to get his son vaccinated since he was able to register and was given a QR code.

“He was under the assumption that, ‘I submit his information and he got an appointment,’” said Oquendo. “And when he got an appointment, he was like, ‘we all got an appointment so let’s go.’”

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