QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has lashed out at the federal government after it was revealed two aged care residents were given an overdose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Federal Health Minister confirmed on Wednesday morning an 88-year-old man and 94-year-old woman in the Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Carseldine, Brisbane, were given an incorrect dosage of the Pfizer vaccine, possibly four times the recommended amount.
The man has been taken to hospital for observation while the woman is being monitored in the home.
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Both have suffered no adverse reactions at this stage.
Premier Palaszczuk addressed the incident in Parliament this morning, slamming the federal government for not informing state health officials for several hours.
“I’m advised the overdosing happened yesterday morning. Queensland authorities were advised late last night.
“Discovering these details now is simply not good enough.
“I’m advised the couple was given four times the recommended dose by a doctor employed by a private contractor.
“It was only the intervention of a nurse that prevented further overdoses.
“I applaud that nurse for her actions.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she was writing to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to demand a National Cabinet meeting on the issue.
“None of this is good enough and the federal government must explain itself,” she said.
“Today I will write to the Prime Minister asking him to convene a National Cabinet as soon as possible.
“I want to know what training is being provided to the people the federal government is employing to administer the vaccines in our aged care facilities to give additional confidence.”
She is also requesting more information on the communication strategies for the next phases of the rollout of the vaccine and exactly who and how many people they are vaccinating.
“People need and must have full confidence in this vaccine,” the Premier added.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said state authoritites were keeping a close eye on the situation.
“We are grateful the patients are not showing any adverse reaction at this time but we will continue to monitor them,” Ms D’Ath said.
“Queensland is seeking more details from the Commonwealth about this serious incident.
“We are seeking assurances from the Commonwealth around the rigor of the training and also the strength and oversight of the safety systems in the rollout of the vaccine across residential aged care in Queensland.
“What these incidents highlight is the importance of full transparency and sharing information from the Commonwealth government about the rollout across the aged care sector and also the broader rollout of the vaccine.”
The federal government has confirmed a full investigation is underway and the doctor involved has been stood down.