163 NSW students receive Pfizer vaccinations In Error.


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163 of the over 16 year old students at the St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in Sydney’s lower north shore, received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations in May 2021.

NSW Health said the doses were originally intended only for the Indigenous boarding students at the college.

The college has a large number of boys who live in a residential community, which includes boys from rural, remote and indigenous communities.

All Indigenous students between 16 and 19 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine due to higher risks of transmission and severity of symptoms.

These students were administered the vaccine at a Sydney Local Health District centre determined by NSW Health.


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Sydney Local Health District apologised for the error that caused the vaccine to be also given to non Indigenous students.

St Joseph’s College, an independent Roman Catholic single-sex secondary day and boarding school for boys, has over 1,000 students in total.

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