By Aaron Humes: Breaking Belize News has verified a report on Saturday that a minor had been given a COVID-19 vaccine not approved for him, necessitating time in observation at the Regional Hospital.
The minor, 12, accompanied by his mother, took his consent form on Saturday morning around 9:30 a.m. to the vaccination site around 9:30 a.m. in the village of San Roman, Stann Creek District.
He was vaccinated and went back home where his mother noticed on his vaccination card that he was given the Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine rather than the two-shot Pfizer vaccine which is explicitly approved for children 12 and older.
It appeared to be an accident but the mother reported the matter to the Ministry of Health and Wellness and was advised to take him to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga Town for observation.
According to Channel 7 News, over a 48 hour observation period, the child suffered from fever, chills, headache, and the area around his eyes was swollen. He is now doing better and is being discharged from the hospital as of today.
The mother, who did not accompany her son due to privacy issues, told 7 News she would meet with Health Minister Michel Chebat before taking any further action.