A 51-year-old female Registered Nurse, who was employed to administer COVID-19 vaccines at a private medical centre in St James, has been arrested and charged in relation to the fraudulent recording of vaccine information.
It will be alleged the woman obtained approval from her employer for persons known to her to be able to attend the medical centre and be administered a COVID-19 vaccine, and for those vaccines to be administered by her.
Yesterday, Sunday 7 November 2021, a person known to the nurse attended the St James medical centre where she was working and arranged for their teenage child to be administered a COVID-19 vaccine. As per standard practice a second medical practitioner, on this occasion a doctor, observed the process.
It will be alleged the nurse inserted the needle into the teenager’s arm, but failed to administer the vaccine. It will be further alleged the syringe, with vaccine liquid still inside, was disposed of and a false entry was made on the medical records system indicating the teenager had received the dose of the vaccine.
Further, it will be alleged the nurse recorded that another employee of the medical centre had administered the dose, and not her.
The medical centre reported the matter to WA Police Force and an investigation was commenced.
The 51-year-old Byford woman was arrested yesterday at her residence and has been charged with one count of ‘Gains Benefit by Fraud’. She was refused bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, Monday 8 November 2021.
The investigation is ongoing.
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