A doctor responsible for delivering doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to residents of a Brisbane nursing home has been stood down after an 88 year-old man and a 94-year-old woman were each given four times the recommended dose.
The federal health minister Greg Hunt said the error occurred at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Carseldine and the two residents were being closely monitored.
“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,” Hunt said on Wednesday.
“The important thing is advice that we have … is that 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.”
He thanked the nurse who noticed the error and stepped in to help.
“I want to thank her for her strength of character and her professionalism,” he said. “Secondly, the contractor has stood down, the doctor in question, from the program.”
While the first doses being rolled out across Australia are largely being administered at hospitals, a vaccination taskforce is also visiting aged care and disability care residents, who may be less mobile and unable to attend a hospital…