A move to vaccinate 160 students at a prestigious Sydney school with the Covid-19 Pfizer jab despite most people below 40 not yet eligible for the vaccine has been blasted as “obscene”.
Amid revelations on Tuesday the year 12 students at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill received their first dose of the Pfizer jab back in May, health officials admitted it happened as an “error”.
The school asked Sydney Local Health District in May about the possibility of vaccinations for the students given many of them were boarders from remote, regional and Indigenous communities.
The health district’s chief executive Teresa Anderson said it was then agreed that Aboriginal students would be vaccinated through the state system at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s vaccination hub.
All Aboriginal people aged 16 to 49 years of age are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination because they have a higher risk of developing a severe disease from the virus.