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Two infants hospitalised in Brazil after getting Pfizer shots by mistake: Reports

By Rajan Nath -- December 06, 2021 11:42 am -- Updated:December 06, 2021 11:45 am

In a major incident, two newborns in Brazil were given Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer shots by mistake and had to be hospitalised, Brazilian media report.

A two-month-old girl and a four-month-old boy were each given a Pfizer vaccine shot against Covid-19 instead of a combination immunizing agent against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), and hepatitis B, the Uol media outlet said on Sunday.

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The Pfizer vaccine caused a severe reaction in both infants and they had to be hospitalised.

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The nurse who administered the vaccines was temporarily suspended and an administrative investigation is underway.

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The Pfizer vaccine has been cleared for children as young as 5 in multiple countries.

Brazil's health regulator, Anvisa, approved the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine for children over 12 years of age in June.

-PTC News

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