Vaccine bungle: Doctor hadn’t completed necessary training to administer COVID-19 jab
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the doctor involved in administering the wrong dose of COVID-19 vaccine had not completed the necessary training.
The doctor gave the Pfizer jab with a higher than recommended dose to two aged care residents in Queensland, who are now being monitored.
The doctor has been stood down from the vaccine program.
“Healthcare Australia has now advised that the doctor had not completed the required training, this is being investigated by Healthcare Australia and we are expecting a report later today,” Mr Hunt said.
He earlier revealed the nurse on scene stepped in after detecting the mistake.
“I want to thank her for her strength of character and professionalism.”
The incident occurred at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Carseldine, Brisbane.
Neither the 88-year-old man or the 94-year-old woman have experienced any adverse effects but they both remain under observation.
“The monitoring of the patients has been an ongoing partnership between the Commonwealth facility and Queensland Health.”
The federal government will complete a review of these events to assess if any preventative measures can be introduced for the future.
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said Queenslanders need to have confidence in the rollout.
“This shouldn’t have happened,” she said.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated via Twitter this is a matter for the federal government.
There are very concerning reports about an incident in an aged care facility in Brisbane.
The Federal Government is responsible for the roll-out of the vaccine in aged care and they’re using private contractors to deliver it.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) February 24, 2021