Correct Dosage Crucial in Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert to healthcare providers about the correct dosage of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months to 11 years. This comes amid reports of double doses being administered to children, highlighting the importance of precise dosage in vaccine administration.
- The FDA has advised healthcare providers to ensure the correct volume of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is withdrawn from the vial for children aged six months to 11 years.
- The correct dose is 0.25 mL, and any excess volume should be discarded.
- There have been incidents of dosage errors, including a 5-year-old girl in North Carolina who received a double dose.
- Dosage errors have been common throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Health Organization (WHO) also acknowledging an increasing number of immunization errors in children.
- In late 2021, more than a dozen children in Antioch, California, received incorrect COVID-19 vaccine dosages, some receiving double the amount they were supposed to.
- In Loudon County, Virginia, 110 children aged 5 to 11 were given the wrong dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy in November 2021.
According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, nearly one in five parents reported their child had received a medication error by a healthcare provider.
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