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Perth nurse charged after ‘pretending to administer COVID-19 jab to teenager’

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A Perth nurse has been accused of pretending to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient, and falsely recording the medical records.

The woman, 51, was arrested on Sunday after allegedly seeking approval from the medical clinic where she worked to vaccinate a teenage child known to her.

The nurse is accused of pretending to give the vaccine to a patient. Credit:Getty

The nurse’s acquaintance attended with their child at St James clinic at the weekend for the jab with a second medical practitioner present to observe the injection.

A WA Police spokesman 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,” he said.

“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 the Byford woman was later arrested at her home and charged with one count of ‘gains benefit by fraud’ relating to the fraudulent recording of vaccine information.

She spent Sunday night in custody and is due to face Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.

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