Qld calls for aged care vaccination data

Queensland's premier is upset two residents of Holy Spirit Nursing Home were given too much vaccine.
Queensland's premier is upset two residents of Holy Spirit Nursing Home were given too much vaccine.

The Queensland premier is upset about two bungled coronavirus vaccinations in a Brisbane aged care facility, but she has stopped short of calling for the program to be suspended.

Investigations are under way after the only two residents to receive shots at Brisbane's Holy Spirit Nursing Home on Tuesday were given four times the correct dosage of the Pfizer vaccine.

The pair - an 88-year-old man in hospital and a 94-year-old woman who remains at the home - have so far not shown any adverse reactions but they are being closely monitored.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt revealed the doctor who administered the vaccine had not been properly trained.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is calling for an emergency national cabinet meeting so the prime minister can explain the vaccine rollout in aged care facilities.

"That's logical, to talk about the vaccine rollout, to make sure we're aware of the communications campaign, to ensure that the training has happened," she told Nine's Today program on Thursday.

The premier said the two elderly people in question are not out of the woods yet.

She said the next 24 to 48 hours were "critical" for the woman in hospital.

When asked if she would try to suspend aged care vaccinations until the issues were dealt with, Ms Palaszczuk said the federal government had assured her it had taken action to prevent a repeat.

"Well it's up to the Commonwealth government to ensure that the training is happening for those contractors that are administering the vaccine in aged care homes," she said.

The premier also wants the Commonwealth to share data with states on its vaccine rollout, like the facilities where the shots are occurring and how many.

"We don't know where the commonwealth is administering the vaccine and the data collection for the aged care," she said.

"I think that's very simple, just to ask for those updates, even if they're weekly."

Australian Associated Press