Local nursing home employee suspended following vaccine clinic at facility

Local nursing home employee suspended following vaccine clinic at facility

NEEDHAM, Mass. — An employee of a local care facility is on suspension after a vaccine clinic was held at the facility on Thursday.

According to Ball Consulting Group LLC, a consulting group representing Briarwood Rehab and Health Center in Needham, the employee had nurse and clinical privileges.

Boston 25 News first investigated the incident after receiving a tip from a viewer, who said they had firsthand knowledge of the nurse trying to get a vaccine for a teenage family member who doesn’t yet qualify for the shot.

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That tipster added that the teenager was turned away, but that it was later discovered that a vaccine syringe was missing.

The source alleged that the nurse later came forward and admitted to taking the syringe for their family member.

The following statement was provided to Boston 25 on Friday, one day after the clinic reportedly took place:

Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center has suspended the privileges of the individual pending a thorough review of the matter. We have no further information to provide at this time.

Boston 25 reached out to the State on Friday to see if the Board of Nursing has been notified, and currently is waiting to receive a response.

The Needham Board of Health said that because the town did not host this particular clinic, the group does not have direct oversight to investigate.

This is a developing story, stay with Boston 25 News for further details.

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