Manitoba Health and Seniors Care says a mother and her three-year-old son mistakenly received an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot.
The department says in a statement that the error occurred on Nov. 24 in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
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Manitoba Health says the mother was informed about what happened and given information about the risks, which it adds are low.
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The department did not confirm if it was the first time someone received a COVID-19 vaccine in error, but it says medication errors rarely occur.
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The statement adds that the person who immunized the mother and daughter acknowledged and reported the error to a supervisor and no further action would be taken against that person.
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Manitoba Health says that health region staff have contacted the family to discuss what happened, as well as to provide an update on an investigation into the error.
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