Mishap at vaccination center: children injected with moderna instead of biontech

A breakdown occurred in a vaccination center in North Rhine-Westphalia. There children have been vaccinated with the vaccine of the company Moderna against the existing approval. So far, only the vaccine from Biontech/Pfizer has been approved for children in the EU. Now the parents file a complaint.

At the vaccination center of the Olpe district in North Rhine-Westphalia, several children were injected with Moderna’s vaccine on Sunday – although only Biontech’s drug has been approved for them so far. "The parents of the children involved were immediately informed of the incident", the circle communicated.

According to the NRW Ministry of Health, three children were affected by the mishap. "According to the information available to MAGS, the affected children are doing well and so far no side effects are apparent", it was said in Dusseldorf. The district administration reported after internal checks in the afternoon, the three children are seven, ten and eleven years old.

Breakdown at vaccination center caught the eye of specialist staff themselves

In a conversation with the medical director of the vaccination center, they were informed that the approval for the Moderna vaccine for children had been applied for at the European Medicines Agency.

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At the time of leaving the vaccination center, no abnormalities had been observed in the children who received the Moderna remedy. At the request of the parents, the incident had been reported to the police. He had come to the attention of the vaccinating medical assistant herself, according to reports.

Internal testing announced – parents file personal injury charges

On Monday, a spokeswoman for the district administration said that the organizational head of the vaccination center, District Administrator Theo Melcher (CDU), and "all other persons of interest" had been informed Would exchange views on the topic in a timely manner. It would also be investigated whether only medical assistants or also other persons carried out the vaccinations of the children with Moderna.

After the mishap, a pair of parents have since filed personal injury charges. The complaint is against the person who allegedly administered the faulty vaccination on Sunday at the vaccination center in Attendorn, a police spokeswoman said Monday. The parents have two children under the age of 12 who have been given Moderna’s vaccine, they said.

"It needs to be determined if it has been injected into any other children", said the spokeswoman. The police investigation so far is targeting one person, the police spokeswoman said. In parallel, the public prosecutor’s office will evaluate "whether bodily injury has occurred or not".

The Biontech vaccine is the only one approved in the EU for children

She said the vaccination center had taken the failure of the specialist staff as an opportunity to review all procedures and child vaccinations once again. "If any other cases are detected in the process, parents will be notified", it said.

In November, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had given the green light for approval of Biontech/Pfizer’s Corona vaccine for children five years and older. It is the first Corona vaccine approved in the EU for children under 12 years of age. The children are to receive only one-third of the adult dose of the vaccine and two doses at intervals of three weeks.

The Moderna vaccine Spikevax has so far been approved in the EU for people aged twelve years and older. However, the Standing Committee on Vaccination for people under 30 recommends vaccination only with the Biontech product.

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