Over 20 children in Germany mistakenly receive adult doses of covid-19 vaccine

At least 21 children between the ages of five and 11 have been mistakenly vaccinated against covid-19 with adult dosage in the city of Hannover (Germany).

According local media, the head of the Hannover Health Service, Marlene Graf, declared this Monday that no serious side effects are expected in those affected, except for pain at the injection site and fever.

“From a medical point of view, it is an unnecessary increase in the dose of the vaccine that should not have any negative effect“Graf stated.

The children received a dose of the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine three times greater than that intended for their age group. Specific, were injected with 30 micrograms of the drug instead of 10 micrograms.

At first, 42 children were reported to have received the wrong dose, but later this number was cut in half. All parents have already been informed of what happened by phone and email.

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The regional president, Stephen Krach, emphasized that a mistake like this should not have taken place, other than that it is not serious for the health of children.

It will not happen again“promised Krach, who stressed that” all procedures must be re-examined “to find out how the error occurred.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorized the use of 10-microgram doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for children under 12 years of age on 25 November.

Days later, Germany’s vaccination advisory commission, STIKO, recommended that the dose be administered to children between the ages of five and 11 with pre-existing conditions and those who are in permanent contact with people at high risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID. -19, such as the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.