Queensland vaccine overdosing incident, doctor stood down

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A doctor has been reprimanded and stood down after two elderly Queenslanders were given an overdose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has revealed an 88-year-old man and 94-year-old woman were given an overdose at Holy Spirit aged care home at Carseldine, Queensland, on Tuesday.

Mr Hunt said both patients were being monitored but had not shown signs of an adverse reaction.

The contractor has now stood down the doctor who administered the dose, after a nurse realised the mistake.

Mr Hunt commended her “strength of character and alertness” saying safeguards they had put in place had worked.

“There was an initial error, there’s no getting around that but … three safeguards immediately kicked into place,” Mr Hunt said.

Camera IconHealth Minister Greg Hunt has spoken about the incident on Wednesday. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/Gary Ramage

“Firstly, the nurse on scene responded…

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