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Mum's outrage as baby has to endure second vaccination

Broad Lane Surgery in Coventry Photo: BPM Media

The mum of a seven-month-old boy has been told he will have to be vaccinated again because a fridge used to store vaccines in a GP’s surgery was broken.

Sian Curless’s baby boy was four months old when he was given the jabs for whooping cough and other illnesses back in October last year.

However this week Sian, from Eastern Green, Coventry, received a letter from Broad Lane Surgery saying her son will have to go through the ordeal again because between October and November the storage fridge’s thermometer was showing the wrong temperature.

The letter was hand delivered to me.

I was just shocked and outraged really.

I spoke to them and tried to get him booked in as soon as possible, but can’t get him in until next Thursday.

It feels like it’s not being taken seriously. We will definitely be moving practices now.

– Sian Curless
"Vaccination fridge temperatures at Broad Lane Surgery are checked on a daily basis" Credit: BPM Media

A spokesman for the surgery confirmed that a malfunction was identified.

Vaccination fridge temperatures at Broad Lane Surgery are checked on a daily basis and following those checks a malfunction was identified.

Staff followed correct procedure by notifying Public Health England and NHS England as soon as they became aware and as a precaution, the surgery wrote to all patients who may have been affected to invite them to be revaccinated.

Revaccination is perfectly safe and ensures that patients are fully protected.

– Surgery spokesman

Dr Ash Banerjee, who is the screening and immunisation lead for the West Midlands assured people that patient care issues are taken very seriously.

Vaccinations are the best way to protect you and your child against many preventable illnesses.

However, it is important that vaccines are always stored correctly, as some vaccines can be adversely affected by changes in temperature, making them less effective.

Staff at the surgery identified that the vaccine fridge used to store the vaccines has had some fluctuations outside advised temperature limits between 13 October and 13 November and we are contacting all patients who received potentially ineffective vaccines during this time.

NHS England and PHE West Midlands take patient care issues very seriously and are confident that all vaccinations now being carried out at the practice are being stored correctly.

– Dr Ash Banerjee, screening and immunisation lead for the West Midlands