Qld Health contacts 159 people over vaccine issues

A slight hiccup with Queensland’s vaccine rollout, with health officials reporting a problem around the Rockhampton area.

It’s understood that an administration error may have seen six people receive an ultra-low dose of the vaccine.

At least six injections would have been diluted twice with saline, which isn’t in line with standard ‘workflow processes’.


Luckily, none of the people who received the dose would have been harmed as a result of this, but it does mean they are not fully vaccinated.

Queensland Health has had to contact 159 people who received the Pfizer jab, as they can’t quite pinpoint which six people would have received the lower dose.

“This means up to six people who attended the vaccination clinic on July 21 may not be fully vaccinated,” Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young said.

“Of those 159, 55 were there for their first dose and 104 were there for their second dose.

“To ensure full vaccination of all 159 people, everyone who received a vaccination that day will be offered a new appointment to receive a repeat dose.

“It essentially means these people will be getting an early booster shot of Pfizer,” Dr Young said.

Central Queensland Chief Executive Steve Williamson said the error was detected as part of the due diligence processes regarding the vaccine.

“I apologise for the error and any distress this might cause to those 159 people, but we will support each of them to ensure that they have the opportunity to ensure they are appropriately vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming weeks,” Mr Williamson said.

“A thorough analysis over the weekend was unable to identify which six may have received the ultra-low doses, which is why we will offer everyone a repeat dose.

“There is no known clinical risk of receiving a third dose of Pfizer or receiving it between the three to six-week mark.

“We will work with each individual on what option is best for them.”

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