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Evansville Walgreens Accused of Giving COVID Shot to Family Instead of Flu Vaccine

An employee at a Walgreens in Evansville is accused of giving a family with young children the COVID-19 vaccine instead of the flu vaccine.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 3:02 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 7:40 AM

An employee at a Walgreens in Evansville, Indiana, is accused of giving a COVID-19 vaccine to a family with young children instead of a flu shot.

The pharmacy in question is at the Walgreens on St. Joseph Avenue.

Here is what we know right now, according to an attorney for the family.

The incident in question happened Monday, October 4, 2021, at about 4:00 p.m. 

The attorney, Dan Tulley, says his clients are Josh and Alex Price.  They claim their two children, ages 4 and 5, went to the Walgreens to receive their annual flu shot.

The couple says instead of the flu shot, they all received the Pfizer vaccine instead.

The FDA has not approved the COVID-19 vaccine in any dosage for 4- and 5-year-old children.

Alex, the children's mother says a Walgreens representative called them to inform them of the mistake just after 5:30 that same evening.

According to the attorney, the children experienced a few adverse effects since receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The children are being monitored by medical experts.

Walgreens released the following statement on the matter:

"Due to privacy laws, we cannot comment on specific patient events.

However, in general, such instances are rare and Walgreens takes these matters very seriously. In the event of any error, our first concern is always our patients’ well-being. Our multi-step vaccination procedure includes several safety checks to minimize the chance of human error and we have reviewed this process with our pharmacy staff in order to prevent such occurrences."

An employee at Walgreen’s would not comment if the person accused of administering the shot was still working or placed on leave.

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