Two elderly people given ‘excessive amount’ is Covid vaccine bungle in Queensland

Woman, 94, and man, 88, are given ‘FOUR times the recommended dose’ of Covid vaccine in jab bungle at a nursing home in Queensland – leaving one under observation in hospital

  • Two people have been given four times recommended dose of the Pfizer vaccine
  • Man, 88, and woman, 94, are residents at Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine
  • The pair have not yet suffered any adverse effects from the additional dosage

Two elderly people have been given four times the recommended dose of the Covid vaccine in a jab bungle in Queensland.

An 94-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man were given more than the prescribed amount of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday – the second day of Australia’s Covid vaccination rollout.

The pair, who are residents at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine in Brisbane, suffered no adverse effects from receiving the additional doses. However, the 88-year-old man is in hospital as a precaution.

The doctor who administered the jab is contracted by the Federal Government and he has since stood down from the program.

The pair are residents at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine in Brisbane

AUSTRALIA’S VACCINE ROLLOUT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Australia’s coronavirus vaccination rollout began on February 22.

The vaccines will become available in phases, with priority groups who are at a higher risk of Covid-19 first in line for the jab.

This includes: Quarantine and border workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged and disability care residents and staff.

Around 60,000 Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doses 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 secured more than 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines require two separate doses for a person to be fully immunised – Pfizer/BioNTech 21 days apart, and AstraZeneca 12 weeks apart.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt addressed the nation’s vaccine rollout and Brisbane bungle on Wednesday morning.

‘There has been one case, following all the safeguards we put in place, of what has been defined as an adverse administration,’ he said.

‘Basically, a doctor gave an incorrect dose to two patients yesterday. I think it’s very important that we’re up-front.

‘The safeguards that were put in place immediately kicked into action.’

The two elderly patients continued to be monitored following the bungle.

Mr Hunt said a nurse on the scene identified that a higher than the prescribed amount of the dose was given to the two patients.

Two elderly people have been given an 'excessive amount' of the Covid vaccine in a jab bungle in Queensland. Pictured: Medical workers prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday

Two elderly people have been given an ‘excessive amount’ of the Covid vaccine in a jab bungle in Queensland. Pictured: Medical workers prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday

The health minister said they would review the event and circumstances surrounding the error.

‘But the most important thing is that we engage in the transparency,’ Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said the latest advice – which he was given five minutes before the press conference – was that the pair had not experienced an adverse reaction.

‘It is in line with the fact that significantly higher doses were used as parts of clinical trials around the world,’ he said.

An 94-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man were given more than the prescribed amount of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday - the second day of Australia's Covid vaccination rollout. Pictured: Health signage is seen at Gold Coast University Hospital on February 22

An 94-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man were given more than the prescribed amount of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday – the second day of Australia’s Covid vaccination rollout. Pictured: Health signage is seen at Gold Coast University Hospital on February 22

‘The rollout continues. There will be cases. There will be challenges.’

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly noted that other countries, including Germany and the UK, have experienced similar bungles in their coronavirus vaccine rollout at aged care facilities.

‘The side effect profile was minimal particularly in the older people. That gives us hope,’ he said.

It’s understood the Pfizer vial contains enough for around about six doses.

Medical workers prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday

Medical workers prepare the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Hyatt quarantine hotel in Perth on Monday

What will next happen in each state

NSW

The Pfizer jab will be administered to 35,000 frontline workers in NSW over the next three weeks including those employed at quarantine hotels, people screening airport arrivals, health staff, cleaners, police and security.

All quarantine hotel workers in NSW – about 6500 people per week – will be included in the initial rollout of the jab.

Victoria

Victoria’s first 12,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived on Sunday at Monash Hospital in Clayton.

The roll-out begins on Monday morning, with high-risk frontline health staff first in the queue.

Other recipients in line to receive the jab include hotel quarantine, airport and port workers, as well as aged care staff and residents.

The federal government is expected to allocate 59,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to Victoria over the first four weeks of the program.

South Australia

The southern state will receive weekly deliveries of vaccines, with plans to inoculate 12,000 people in the first three weeks.

Queensland

More than 1000 hotel and health workers will be jabbed this week

Western Australia

More than 290 hotel quarantine staff and medical professionals are expected to receive the Pfizer BioNTech jab.

3392 invitations sent to workers who qualify for Phase 1a

WA’s 2500 hotel quarantine workers, 2500 Perth Airport staff and 170 Fremantle Port employees have been prioritised to get the jab first, with at least 556 currently booked in to get it next week.

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