Toronto hospital apologizes after teenager received not yet approved COVID-19 vaccine for children – .

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Toronto hospital apologizes after teenager received not yet approved COVID-19 vaccine for children – .


TORONTO – A 15-year-old boy seeking his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine says he was shocked to learn he received the wrong vaccine after the vaccination had already taken place.

Rakin Choudhury visited the vaccination site at Warden Hilltop Community Center, which is operated by the Michael Garron Hospital in the east of the city, on Tuesday with his father Rejoan and two siblings.

Due to his age, Choudhury expected to receive an injection of Pfizer, as it is the only COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada for children aged 12 to 17.

“When we first signed up for the vaccine, we told the person with the iPad at least four or five times that we were getting Pfizer,” Choudhury said, speaking to CTV News Toronto.

When the teenager received written confirmation of his vaccination, Choudhury said he noticed he received an injection of Moderna instead.

In a statement to CTV News Toronto, Michael Garron said he had been in contact with Choudhury’s family and apologized for the mistake.

“The patient is stable and the incident is being reviewed with the team to ensure that processes are in place to prevent this error from happening again in the future,” said Wolf Klassen, vice-president. chair of program support at Michael Garron Hospital.

Choudhury’s father explained that while the incident is troubling, he is hopeful that sharing the story will prevent similar mistakes from happening.

“Before it becomes mainstream, we have to stop it,” Rejoan said.

Choudhury said he had nausea after the vaccination, but now feels fine.

Due to a delay in delivery earlier this month, clinics across the city have reserved doses of Pfizer for children aged 12 to 17 while adults receive doses of Moderna.

CTV News Toronto has contacted the Ontario Ministry of Health to see if other children have received the wrong vaccine.

Choudhury’s two siblings, who are 16 and 12, both received a correct Pfizer injection at the same COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

On June 7, Moderna announced that it had applied to Health Canada for authorization to use its COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents. At that time, the drug company said its injection was 93% effective two weeks after the first dose in teens who tested negative for never having COVID-19.

The vaccine was “generally well tolerated” and there were no significant safety concerns, according to Moderna.

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