Nearly 200 vaccine doses binned after vaccine clinic error which led to two-hour wait lines

The line outside the ACT government's mass vaccination clinic at the AIS Arena on Monday afternoon. Picture: Keegan Carroll
The line outside the ACT government's mass vaccination clinic at the AIS Arena on Monday afternoon. Picture: Keegan Carroll

The "human error" that caused long lines at the AIS Arena vaccination clinic on Monday led to 170 vaccine syringes being wasted, ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has revealed.

She said staff realised the clinic had been overbooked when they noticed a long line at lunchtime.

Staff cancelled late afternoon appointments, before reoffering those bookings when they discovered an oversupply of full vials.

"The number of appointments that have been entered into the system was the number of appointments that should have been entered for next week, when we expand capacity, rather than the number of appointments that should have been in for this week," Ms Stephen-Smith said.

"The team realised about lunchtime that there was a queue forming, that there were more people brought in than they had expected. And so they put on more staff.

"Late in the afternoon [they realised] that they weren't going to be able to get through all of the additional people, even with those additional staff."

MORE COVID NEWS

People with appointments from about 6.30pm were asked to not come in for their appointment and were booked for later in the week, Ms Stephen-Smith said.

However, staff realised there were 400 extra doses drawn up and in line with their wastage policy, they called people to offer the jabs.

There were 170 syringes left over at the end of the day, which had to be disposed of.

"In the scheme of the tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of doses that have been given in the ACT vaccination system, this is a very small number," Ms Stephens-Smith said.

"That won't even actually count as wastage in the national international measurement of vaccine wastage because our team have been so efficient today."

Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in the ACT and the lockdown is free for anyone to access. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates.

Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

This story Nearly 200 vaccine doses binned after AIS vaccine clinic error first appeared on The Canberra Times.