Charlotte parent says 6-year-old son mistakenly received double booster dose of COVID-19


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — A Charlotte dad says his 6-year-old son was mistakenly given a double dose of the COVID-19 booster. He says it happened on Monday, June 13 at Teen Health Connection through Atrium Health in the Cotswolds.

Ryan Shell and his wife took him there because they say his pediatrician at Atrium Health didn’t have the booster in his office. Teen Health Center caters to young people and is also affiliated with Atrium, so they thought it was the next best option.

They thought everything was going well until the phone rang the day after her date.

“My wife got a phone call basically saying we apologize but your son who came along with all the other kids we were told who arrived on Monday got a double dose because the person who gave the vaccine didn’t know they were supposed to dilute it,” Shell said.

He and his wife were extremely worried and wanting answers they say the person on the phone was not giving them.

“The system, Teen Health Connection, whoever should have stepped back and said you know what for all the kids this has affected, here’s a doctor you can call right now,” he said.

WBTV asked Atrium Health how it happened and how many children were affected.

A spokesperson did not respond to these questions, but sent the following statement:

“Atrium Health Levine Children’s encourages families with eligible children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine series, including the booster, as the best way to keep children and their families safe. In the unlikely event that a child receives an incorrect dose of vaccine, our healthcare teams follow the guidelines developed by the CDC. There is no data to show that the incorrect dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine has a negative impact on a child. Parents are encouraged to speak with their pediatrician if they have questions specific to their child’s experience with the immunization process.

These CDC guidelines state that if the shot has not been diluted, it should not be repeated. They also say the event should be reported to VAERS, the vaccine adverse event reporting system.

WBTV has also contacted the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

A spokesperson said “NCDHHS is not aware of the situation and will work with Atrium Health.

The NCDHHS also shared the following information:

NCDHHS takes all complaints and reports from vaccination providers or sites very seriously and strives to address them immediately. We recommend that parents and caregivers of all children receiving the COVID vaccine register V-Safe, which provides personalized and confidential health checkups via text messages and online surveys. This allows you to quickly and easily share with the CDC how the vaccinated person is feeling after the COVID-19 vaccination. It also helps the CDC monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in near real time. Additionally, parents can report adverse events or side effects to VAERS via online form or downloadable PDF.

“Healthcare professionals do their jobs, mistakes happen,” Shell said. “I just don’t want mistakes to happen with my child.”

Shell says he and his wife still believe strongly in the importance of vaccines for adults and children, but he will have a strong sense of awareness going forward.

“The next time someone puts something in my arm, I’ll say how do I know if it’s the right dose?” ” he said. “And I’m going to educate myself and have them show it to me right now.”

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