WHDH-TV and WCVB-TV report on a vaccine mixup that resulted in several Schofield teachers getting sick after they were given insulin instead of H1N1 vaccine. Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong says an investigation is underway.
Wellesley’s Health Department, however, has issued a statement citing an error in the WCVB-TV report and says it has been told the TV news outfit will issue a corrected report:
WCVB Channel 5 today erroneously reported that the Wellesley Health Department “dropped off” H1N1 vaccine to Schofield school in Wellesley, and that insulin shots were “packaged” along with the H1N1 vaccine. Wellesley
Health Department would like to correct the misinformation in the report:
• The Health Department did not “drop off” any vaccine to the Schofield School.
• The Health Department gave clearly marked vials of H1N1 vaccine, along with paperwork listing tracking information to the Director of School Nurses. The vaccine was distributed to the public schools, in order for the
school nurses to vaccinate teachers.
• No insulin was given to the school. In fact, the Health Department does not dispense insulin; is not a repository for insulin, and does not have insulin in its office.
On Friday, January 15, 2010, several teachers at Schofield School in Wellesleywere mistakenly administered insulin instead of H1N1 vaccine by the school nurse. They are being monitored for illness.
Meanwhile, the town is offering its last community clinic on Jan. 28 for seasonal and H1N1 vaccines.