Selasa, 23 Februari 2021

Two residents in Brisbane aged care facility given four times the amount of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine - ABC News

Two elderly people in a Queensland aged care home have been given four times the amount of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed.

An 88-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman were given the doses yesterday.  

Mr Hunt said both patients, from the Holy Spirit facility in Carseldine, were being monitored and neither had shown any signs of an adverse reaction to the doses.

The doctor who administered the doses has been stood down from the vaccine program. 

"I think it's very important that we're up front," Mr Hunt said.

"The safeguards that were put in place immediately kicked into action and a nurse on the scene identified the fact that a higher than prescribed amount of the dose was given to two patients.

"Both patients are being monitored and both patients are showing no signs at all of an adverse reaction. But it is a reminder of the importance of the safeguards."

A close up of the vials of the COVID-19 vaccine with mist around them.
The vaccines began rolling out in Queensland on Monday.(Supplied: Queensland Health)

Mr Hunt said there were "highly developed training modules" that were mandatory to complete by those administering the vaccine.

"In relation to the individual doctor, we'll leave that to the investigation as to whether or not they either did not understand or did not complete it, but it was a serious breach in terms of following the protocol," he said.

"Our advice is that both doses were administered consecutively and, as a consequence of that, the nurse stepped in immediately.

"This is an individual practitioner who has clearly made an error."

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said several cases at facilities in Germany and the UK had also been incorrectly given higher doses in the early rollout of the vaccine.

"Again, the side effect profile was minimal, particularly in older people, so that gives us hope," he said.

"However, when we were notified of this yesterday evening by the company concerned — that is doing the rollout in those facilities — we took immediate action.

"We've checked again on the patient welfare this morning and as the minister said, they're both doing fine."

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2021-02-23 22:24:42Z

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