An oversight or an overdose?
By Cathy Jameson
The experimental COVID19 vaccine is only just now available to young children ages 5 to 11. With an estimated 2.6 million doses administered within the last two weeks, scientists and researchers will have ample case studies to follow should they want to take advantage of that.
They’ll get to do more than just follow cases with reported medical mistakes happening already across the country. They’ll be able to track what happens to children when they experience a wrong dose of the Pfizer vaccine or an overdose of it.
From the west coast to the east coast, recent dosing mishaps made the headlines. I do more than cringe when I read stories like those. Who was prepping the vaccine? What was overlooked? What might have been misread or mislabeled? What prompted the discovery that, oopsie, something terrible just happened? And, who’s responsible for that medical error and the damage done? Waivers are signed prior to administering vaccines, experimental or not. On those legal forms, the patient, in this case the parent, releases the medical provider, or in some of these cases the pharmacy tech, from liability should something go wrong. The vaccine manufacturers can’t be dragged into any of this as they, too, have been granted a layer of protection. That means that they can’t be held responsibility for their products or what happens because of them.
The horror of discovering a mistake as grand as administering the wrong vaccine dose would bring me to my knees, especially a vaccine that’s never been given to children before. What a slap in the face to a parent who thought they could protect their child by rushing out as soon as these batches became available. I’d have so many questions and so many concerns if this happened to a child of mine. The mistakes were only just made, so the news reports have not given too much follow-up information to the public. Instead of publicly addressing the potential, and quite likely, negative responses a child’s body will endure, the officials involved don’t seem too phased. Maybe they’re following a ‘keep calm and carry on’ mantra because they’ve offered this simple message:
Come back for a new dose.
Come back for even more doses after that.
“We apologize for the error, and we are offering another opportunity for the children to be revaccinated,” Dr. James Bridgers, acting Montgomery County health officer, said in a statement.
The manufacturer chimed in about the medical mishap as well. Instead of recognizing the massive mistake made with their medical product, “…Pfizer recommended an additional dose for students as soon as possible.”
Even though a huge mistake has occurred, “…they’re advised to get another dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.”
Revaccinate the kids? As soon as possible? How about let’s get them seen by a competent doctor as soon as possible. Let’s do an initial work up and document what’s working now – check every organ and every system with baseline labs and testing. Then, let’s offer to track the children’s health for the next day, the next week, the next two weeks, the next month, the next six months, and beyond. With as many children that have been reportedly affected, even if caused by an error of standard care, a small study should be conducted. No one knows what a COVID19 vaccine will do to the pediatric population because that has never been recommended to them before. So let’s be proactive. Let’s attend to the children immediately and then consider turning something awful into something that could possibly by helpful. Is that too much to ask? Apparently yes, because when children were given the wrong dose of the experimental Pfizer vaccine, the CDC also chimed in with similar advice:
Based on the CDC guidance and clinical decision making, parents may choose to do one of the following:
– Restart the child’s COVID-19 vaccine series at least 21 days after the incorrect dose was given
– Proceed with the child receiving their second dose as scheduled.
Before even considering follow-on dosages, one would hope that parents, and also the providers, knew to first report the mistake. They can report the incident to VAERS together, as page 12 of the Fact Sheets directs. https://www.fda.gov/media/153714/download The parents can also consider filing an injury claim. Filing a claim may not do them any good, though, as those of us who’ve filed on behalf of our children know. Regardless, that protocol that needs to be shared with anyone contemplating a vaccine.
The parents in this story knew to seek a lawyer after a different kind of vaccine mistake was made when their children were given the COVID19 vaccine instead of the flu shot they’d requested. There’s a time and a place to worry, and then there’s a time and a place to fight back. As hard as it can be to stand up to an entity that cares more about profits than people, I find it admirable when distraught parents decide to fight for their or their child’s rights.
Someone approached me recently and shared that they believe their child suffered a vaccine injury. Having been in their shoes many years ago, I immediately brainstormed some ideas for them. I offered my experience and added that they might consider filing a complaint with their state medical board. I told them that they can and should also file a report on VAERS. As the vaccine in question was from the recommended childhood vaccine schedule, I sent them information on how to file a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/index.html a different program than the one that handles COVID19 claims.
For those who’ve opted for the COVID19 vaccine and who’ve experienced a reaction, they can share that information on V-Safe. Depending on the severity of the reaction, they should learn what the steps are to filing and receiving benefits from the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program (CICP), too. Parents who file need to keep something very important in mind when choosing this route. Just like there are no guarantees that the COVID19 vaccine will prevent the transmission of COVID19, there are no guarantees that injuries from that vaccine will be recognized either. On paper, it looks like a reasonable program and one created to help Americans. But if the CICP is anything like the VICP, a financial compensation award could be as rare as an honest conversation with someone like Dr. Fauci.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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