Julian Gonzalez took his 6-year-old son trick-or-treating at the Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, on Halloween. While out, Gonzalez got a booster shot at a vaccine clinic at the church.
Upon learning the age of his son, the nurses claimed that he was eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration had not yet authorized the vaccine for children in that age bracket.
“Going off of their confidence and what we had read, we were all for it,” Gonzalez said.
The nurses also vaccinated a neighbor’s 7-year-old son.
According to the FDA, as of Oct. 31 the Pfizer vaccine is currently only suitable for children 12 and over. Since that day the FDA has authorized for children between the ages of five and 11 to receive a 10-microgram dose, rather than the standard 30.
On Monday, Gonzalez received a call from the city, alerting him that his son should not have received the vaccine, and that his jab was three times over the recommended dose.
The call left Gonzalez shocked and confused.
“Where did that decision come from? Who was it that told them they could go ahead and
offer it?” Gonzalez asked.
According to the city of Garland’s Health Department, the doses were administered “in error.” Health officials added that they were communicating with parents of the vaccinated children while ensuring that the children do not have any adverse health effects.
According to the Epoch Times report, the city couldn’t be reached and the church did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gonzalez said that his son suffered initial side effects, which have since dissipated.
There have been no reports as to the status of the second boy.