Two elderly people received four times the recommended dose Covid vaccine in a jungle jab in Queensland which has been described as “worrying” by the Premier of Queensland.
A 94-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man received more than the prescribed amount of Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday – the second day of the Covid vaccination rollout in Australia.
The couple, who reside at Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine in Brisbane, have not experienced any adverse effects after receiving the additional doses. However, the 88-year-old is hospitalized as a precaution.
The doctor who administered the jab is hired by the federal government and has since withdrawn from the program.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government was not made aware of the overdose until Tuesday evening.
“Although this happened yesterday morning, authorities in Queensland were not notified until late last night,” she said.
“Finding out these details now is just not enough. “
The two elderly people who received an incorrect dose of the Pfizer vaccine concerning the residents of Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine in Brisbane (pictured)
Health Minister Greg Hunt addressed the country’s vaccine rollout and failure on Wednesday morning (pictured)
The prime minister said she would write to the prime minister to demand a national cabinet meeting as soon as possible.
“I want to know what training is provided to the people the federal government employs to administer vaccines in our senior care facilities,” she said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt addressed the vaccine rollout and failure in the country on Wednesday morning.
“There was a case, following all the guarantees we put in place, of what was defined as an unfavorable administration,” he said.
“Basically, a doctor gave two patients the wrong dose yesterday. I think it is very important that we are frank.
“The safeguards that were put in place immediately kicked in.”
The two elderly patients continue to be monitored following the incorrect administration of the vaccine.
Mr Hunt said a nurse at the scene identified that a dose greater than the prescribed dose was given to both patients.
Two elderly people received an ‘excessive amount’ of Covid vaccine in a jungle jab in Queensland. Pictured: Medical workers prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday
A 94-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man received more than the prescribed amount of Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday – the second day of the Covid vaccination rollout in Australia. Pictured: Health signage can be seen at Gold Coast University Hospital on February 22
He thanked the nurse for her “strength of character and professionalism” in intervening.
The health minister said they would review the event and the circumstances surrounding the error.
“But the most important thing is that we are committed to transparency,” he said.
Mr Hunt said authorities are still investigating the amount of vaccine given, after it was reported that the two residents had received four times the recommended dose.
“This has not been confirmed, because it is actually very difficult to know what was in the needle, but it could not be more than [four times],’ he said.
“As for the individual doctor, we will leave it up to the investigation to determine if he did not understand or complete him, but this was a serious violation of protocol. . “
VACCINE DEPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The coronavirus vaccination rollout in Australia began on February 22.
Vaccines will become available in phases, with priority groups at higher risk of Covid-19 being on the front line for the jab.
This includes: quarantine and border workers, front-line healthcare workers, and residents and care workers for the elderly and disabled.
Approximately 60,000 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will be administered to the priority population.
The rollout begins with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and will include the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine from March 2021.
The Australian government has obtained more than 150 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines require two separate doses for a person to be fully immunized – Pfizer / BioNTech 21 days apart and AstraZeneca 12 weeks apart.
On Tuesday, two elderly people in Brisbane received four times the recommended dose of Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vial contains enough for approximately six doses.
Mr Hunt said the last piece of advice – given to him five minutes before Wednesday morning’s press conference – was that the couple had not had an adverse reaction.
“This is consistent with the fact that significantly higher doses have been used in clinical trials around the world,” he said.
“The deployment continues. There will be cases. There will be challenges.
“This has happened in other jurisdictions overseas.”
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly also noted that other countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, have experienced similar problems in rolling out their coronavirus vaccine in elderly care facilities.
“The side effect profile was minimal, especially in the elderly. It gives us hope, ”he said.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly is seen at a press conference on Wednesday where the government addressed a coronavirus vaccine issue in Queensland
Medical staff prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday
It is understood that the Pfizer vial contains enough for approximately six doses.
Lincoln Hopper, the CEO of St Vincent’s (Holy Spirit) Care Services, said the doctor who misdirected the vaccine would be reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
“Yesterday was very painful for us, our residents and their families,” he said.
“This incident is extremely worrying. This made us wonder if some of the clinicians responsible for administering the vaccine have received the appropriate training.
“Certainly, health authorities and contracted vaccination providers should once again stress to their teams the need to be more careful so that a mistake like this does not happen again.”
An ambulance is seen at the entrance to Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Brisbane on Wednesday after news broke that two residents received an incorrect dose of the Covid vaccine
What will happen next in each state
New South Wales
The Pfizer jab will be administered to 35,000 frontline workers in NSW over the next three weeks, including those employed in quarantine hotels, people checking arrivals at the airport, healthcare workers, cleaners, police and security.
All employees of the NSW quarantine hotels – around 6,500 people per week – will be included in the initial rollout of the jab.
The first 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Victoria arrived Sunday at Monash Hospital in Clayton.
Deployment begins Monday morning, with high-risk frontline health workers first in the queue.
Other recipients in line to receive the jab include hotel quarantine, airport and port workers, as well as senior care staff and residents.
The federal government is expected to allocate 59,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Victoria in the first four weeks of the program.
The southern state will receive weekly vaccine deliveries, with plans to inoculate 12,000 people in the first three weeks.
More than 1,000 hoteliers and health workers will be trapped this week
More than 290 hotel and healthcare quarantine staff are expected to receive the Pfizer BioNTech jab.
3392 invitations sent to skilled workers for phase 1a
WA’s 2,500 hotel quarantine workers, Perth Airport 2,500 workers, and Fremantle Port’s 170 workers have been prioritized to get the jab first, with at least 556 currently booked to get it next week. .