Letter: Dakota Horseman, Ashburn

Editor: On Nov. 11, 2021, Loudoun Now published the article, “Aldie Pharmacy Incorrectly Doses Childrens’ Vaccines,” which revealed a large group of children were incorrectly vaccinated, putting them and their families through unnecessary stress.

On Nov.18, 2021, Loudoun Now published another article urging parents to have their children vaccinated before the holidays. Although it is important children get vaccinated, it should not be rushed when it’s not being done correctly. Kids’ vaccines in Loudoun County need to be monitored due to the limited amount of research on them. 

On Nov. 3 and 4, Ted Pharmacy gave 112 children the wrong dosage of the Pfizer vaccine. These vaccines were incorrectly given the same week the vaccine was made available to children under 12. All of these children were ages five through 11. The adult and children’s vaccine contains the same ingredients. However, children only receive 10 micrograms of the vaccine, while ages 12 and older receive 30 micrograms of vaccine. The pharmacy gave the children a lower dosage than what they should have received.

According to the Center for Disease Control the correct dosage should be administered immediately. Parents now have to bring their children back in to receive a second shot. A shot for a young age child can be very stressful, let alone two. The affected families were also told to contact their pediatrician for further guidance. Parents who were already nervous about vaccinating their young children are now even more worried. 

As someone with three little siblings, it is important to me and my family that they be vaccinated not only for their own safety but also to help stop the spread of the virus. It is hard to vaccinate young children with peace of mind knowing many kids in our own county have been incorrectly vaccinated. 

Over 100 children in Loudoun County were put through unnecessary emotional strain. This situation could have been easily avoided if the people administering the vaccines were more cautious. Although getting children vaccinated quickly is needed to progress through the pandemic, it is important that it is done correctly. People will be less likely to get vaccinated if there are more mistakes. Children’s vaccines should only be distributed in doctor offices to limit mistakes and keep the youth of Loudoun County safe. 

Dakota Horseman, Ashburn

6 thoughts on “Letter: Dakota Horseman, Ashburn

  • 2022-01-13 at 10:42 pm

    The Ted Pharmacy affair was egregious. It shouldn’t be swept under the rug. I agree with the writer’s point about having vaccine administered in a doctor’s office. The whole thing is being handled rather nonchalantly, IMHO. The vaccines were pushed through in record time. First it was one or two jabs. Now is three, four & counting. I’m not anti-vax. I’ve had two jabs of Moderna. But I’m also for personal choice. If someone doesn’t want a vaccine or booster, so be it. Don’t hold a gun to their head. Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-01-14 at 4:16 pm

      Aren’t you the same guy who said you had no issue with Leesburg firing the unvaccinated? Happy Hypocrite Day Loudoun County.

  • 2022-01-14 at 8:41 am

    Physicians are responsible for 250,000 preventable deaths in the USA through medical errors each year. Some studies indicate the toll is nearly twice that number. There should be investigations in these recent medical failures at pharmacies. And people ought to be held responsible for their malpractice and negligence. It’s too early to know what physical harm has been caused but other damages can be assessed.

    But the vaccination does not stop the spread of the virus. Even fully vaccinated people, like my two children, contracted Covid over the holidays. This is not a rare event. Make sure you understand the risks posed to your age group by Covid before you submit to an experimental vaccine.

  • 2022-01-14 at 9:30 am

    I agree that it was unfortunate that the kids got the wrong doses. But I think people should get their kids vaccinated. Ever been to a kid’s funeral? They are awful.

    • 2022-01-14 at 11:20 am

      The number of children that have died from COVID is about 650 but, due to the dirty data in medical reporting, we have no idea how many died from pure COVID or a combination of issues. We also don’t know how many children have had serious adverse reactions to the vaccination. Pfizer wants to keep the date from the public for 75 years. Why would they want to hide for 75 years?

      The lack of honest information is frustrating because it makes an informed decision impossible. It’s all a gamble.

  • 2022-01-14 at 11:21 am

    The author’s parents are to be commended because “Dakota Horseman” is a great name.

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