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5-year-old boy from Utah, mistakenly given adult COVID vaccine dose



Midvale, Utah — According to Salt Lake County health officials, this week a 5-year-old child was accidentally given an incorrect dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

His mother says, her son went to be vaccinated Thursday at East Midvale Elementary but was given an adult booster shot instead of a child’s dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the mother, after realizing their mistake, clinic workers said her son was “just more protected than other kids his age.”

The Salt Lake County Health Department do not believe the child is in any danger.

“While we do not expect any adverse effects to the patient because of this (and will be following up with the patient and their health care provider to be sure), we take any mistake seriously and are investigating the circumstances in this situation,” said Nicholas Rupp with the Salt Lake County Health Department.

The department is reviewing safety protocols with vaccinators to ensure the mistake does not happen again, according to Rupp.

Vaccine doses for children 5-11 come with an orange cap, while doses for those older than 12-years-old are topped with a purple cap.