By: April Carson
An Evansville family is seeking legal assistance after their attorney claims that they were given the COVID-19 vaccine rather than a flu shot, according to WEHT.
The family went to Walgreens on Monday for flu shots but they ended up getting four doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Attorney Dan Tuley says the parents received a phone call from pharmacy 90 minutes later telling them what happened and apologizing profusely about this mistake.
The attorney also adds that it's most unfortunate because these types mistakes usually only occur during mass inoculations campaigns like in 2018 when vaccines were distributed too quickly without enough technicians handling each batch properly causing some errors such as administering salve instead needle which is dangerous if done by accident or even HIV vaccines that were distributed into the wrong hands.
Some of the parents are concerned about the well-being of their children, especially with some kids having allergies to certain medications. However, pharmacist Jeff Frei says there is no need to worry because they've already given the vaccines in question and nothing happened.
He also adds that these vaccine mistakes don't happen frequently in his pharmacy. "We've had no problems since we put the new system in place," Frei said.
But not everyone believes what Frei says. Some parents don't trust him and would like their children to be re-vaccinated again with flu shots and specifically COVID-19 vaccine because it's usually given by needle and is more reliable than mist.
"I think they should automatically offer the shot," said Becky Loughry, whose child was given a COVID-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot. "The flu shot is in a syringe and drops in (the mouth), and you can't really tell what and where it goes."
The parents of these children have contacted the CDC and health officials. They say their kids are currently ill, but it is unclear from where they obtained this information or if there's an outbreak going on at all according to Eyewitness News' sources in Washington D.C.
We reached out Walgreens where the children were vaccinated, but have yet to receive a reply.
We reached out to Walgreens corporate office about what happened here and a representative told us that unless a person has been diagnosed with something like Ebola then "it would be rare" for them not receive vaccinations as part our multi-step process which includes counseling before any injections take place."
A lawsuit has not been filed as of yet, according to Tuley.
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