Tasmania’s medical clinic record-keeping failure jeopardizes 20 years of vaccination

  • in short: An error in how a medical clinic documented vaccine storage led Tasmania’s Health Authority to determine that 20 years’ worth of vaccines at the facility may not be effective.
  • what’s next? Affected people are urged to contact their primary care physicians and consider “revaccination”.

Record-keeping failures at a Tasmanian medical clinic undermine 20 years of vaccinations (including ‘routine childhood vaccines’) at the same facility, causing affected people to ‘discuss revaccination’ with local primary care physicians I am urged to do so.

Tasmania’s Public Health Commissioner said in a statement that the agency “worked with Dodges Ferry Medical to advise patients who had been vaccinated in clinics between July 2003 and March 22, 2023. We provide it,” he said.

The vaccines that may be affected are those included in the National Immunization Programme, Dr. Mark Veitch said, “including routine government-funded vaccines for children and routine vaccines for teens, adults and pregnant women. It includes some of the government-funded vaccines that will be administered.”

“Influenza (flu) vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccines purchased from pharmacies with private scripts are not affected. Patients who receive only these vaccines do not need to do anything. do not have.”

Health officials say the vaccine “may have been exposed to temperatures that are either too hot or too cold, rendering it ineffective.”()

He said a survey and expert evaluation of vaccine storage practices found “no documented evidence that vaccines were stored according to national guidelines” at the facility for 20 years.

“Vaccines may have been exposed to hot or cold temperatures during storage, which could make them less effective at preventing disease.

“There is no risk of harm to those who receive these vaccines, but the vaccines may not be effective in preventing the disease,” said Dr. Vich.

“We cannot tell whether vaccines administered in clinics are effective or ineffective.

“Out of caution, we are urging anyone who has been vaccinated at a clinic to seek advice and consider re-vaccination.”

Dr Miguelito Mercado, Dodges Ferry Grand Prix, said the area where the vaccine was stored saw a drop of 0.5 degrees Celsius, but he was unable to determine when that happened at the scene.

“So we need to test everyone,” he said.

Mercado said he was working with the health ministry and wanted to assure patients that “everything was under control”.

“We are set up to do what is necessary,” he said.

The names of those affected ‘may not be known’

Veitch said the ministry is “trying to identify all those who may be affected”, but “due to the long-term retention of records, it is important that all affected people are present.” We may not know the contact details of

Those affected are “encouraged to speak with their current primary care physician to discuss revaccination on a case-by-case basis.”

Anyone who believes they may be affected by this development is encouraged to visit the government website or call the public health hotline at 1800 671 738.


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