Baby gets adult dose of Covid-19 jab instead of flu shot — Analysis

South Korean doctors were sued for administering an adult Covid-19 vaccine to a baby who was 7 months old, instead of the appropriate flu shot that the infant needed.

The incident occurred on September 29 in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Saturday, citing the municipal government. The unidentified doctor gave the baby a dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 jab, which had been set aside for the child’s mother.

South Korea’s government limits use of the Moderna vaccine to people 18 and older. It’s also reviewing whether it should follow the lead of other countries in further restricting use of the shot, citing concerns over side effects. Japanese officials, for example, have asked that men younger than 30 be given the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Sweden, Finland Denmark Norway and Denmark have also cancelled the vaccination of younger people.

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Officials said the infant from Seongnam was transported to nearby hospitals and placed under observation for five more days. Officials reported that the infant was showing signs of improvement. “no special signs of side effects,”Yonhap. However, the baby’s parents have reportedly sued the doctor, demanding compensation for the mixup.

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine has been tested in infants as early as six months of age. However, the doses given to adult patients are significantly lower than those administered to children. It is now approved to be administered in the United States for children under 5 years of age. The doses given to children 5-11 years old are 10 micrograms, which is about one third of what was administered to adults and teenagers.



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