8-Year-Old Boy Gets Accidentally Vaccinated For COVID-19


(Photo by LENNART PREISS/AFP via Getty Images)

(Photo by LENNART PREISS/AFP via Getty Images)

An 8-year-old boy in Dallas was vaccinated at a drive-thru site in what authorities there are calling an “oversight” and “human error.”

The boy’s father said he did not know that his child wasn’t eligible. He said he was able to register his son and got an appointment.

According to Fire Chief Robert Fite of the Grand Prairie Fire Department, the day the boy got his vaccine, 3,800 people were also vaccinated onsite.

The father realized the mistake after talking to his pediatrician, Dr. Marcial Oquendo. Dr. Oquendo said the father was under the assumption that if he submitted his information and got an appointment that everything was good to go.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said “there was human error, and that list was moved over to get the people who were under 50 onto the eligible list. They failed to scrub for people who were under 18. We’ve got our IT department working with the third-party company to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”

The Dallas County judge added that human error from a third party that oversees the county's vaccination registration list was the root cause of the mistake.

The onsite facility is now working to make sure an error like this doesn't happen again.