Two Brazilian babies, ages two and four months old, were admitted to the hospital after being mistakenly administered the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine instead of the pentavalent vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hib, which corresponded to them.
The error occurred when a nurse confused the vials of both drugs due to their similarity. The incident occurred in the municipality of Sorocaba, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, last Wednesday.
Upon returning home, the two babies suffered a strong reaction, with high fever, vomiting and his refusal to ingest milk. At the hospital they detected the mistake the next day and contacted the two families. The two little ones were admitted to the local Gpaci hospital that same day.
The babies are in better health but will remain hospitalized for the moment, as they must continue monitored for at least the next 7 days, while they are examined every 48 hours by drawing blood and performing ultrasound and electrocardiograms.
At the moment no complications have been found derived from the erroneous administration of this vaccine, and it is expected that during their stay in the hospital they will be inoculated with the doses of pentavalent serum.
The Sorocaba City Council confirmed the error in a press release sent to local media in which he informed that a disciplinary administrative procedure: “For now, the nursing technician who made the application was removed from the injectable procedure room until the assessment and verification of the measures to be taken,” adds the text.