BREAKING NEWS: Nurse is arrested and charged with PRETENDING to give patients the Covid vaccine
- Nurse has been arrested and charged after pretending to give Covid vaccines
- The 51-year-old works at private clinic in Perth and was treating friend’s son
- She allegedly stuck the needle in his arm but didn’t press down on plunger
- Vaccine stayed in the syringe which she then disposed of but confirmed jab
- She allegedly wrote another nurse’s name to say they administered the vaccine
A nurse who works at a private medical centre in Perth has been arrested and charged after pretending to give patients the coronavirus vaccine.
The 51-year-old registered nurse, who works in St James in the city’s south, has been charged with a fraud offence, West Australian Police announced on Monday.
Police allegedly stuck a Covid vaccine into a teenager’s arm on Sunday but failed to inject it, before recording another nurse’s name on the documents.
A nurse who works at a private medical centre in Perth has been arrested and charged after pretending to give patients the coronavirus vaccine (stock image)
The nurse allegedly gained permission from the private clinic to conduct the vaccination because the teenager was the son of a friend.
A second medical practitioner had to witness the vaccination under protocol, with that doctor then reporting her to authorities.
Western Australia Police arrested the woman at her home in Byford before charging her with the offence ‘Gains Benefit by Fraud’.
They will allege the woman stuck the needle in the teenager’s arm but failed to push down on the plunger and then disposed its contents.
‘It will be alleged the nurse inserted the needle into the teenager’s arm, but failed to administer the vaccine,’ a police spokeswoman said.
‘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.’
The woman was refused bail and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.