15 Aug 2018

Samoa nurse accused of vaccination deaths granted bail

9:12 am on 15 August 2018

A Samoan nurse who has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies who died soon after a vaccination has been released on bail.

Parents should check their Plunket or 'Well Child' book to see if their tamariki have received two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Photo: AFP

The nurse, who has not been named, was due to appear in court yesterday after last week being charged with manslaughter, conspiracy to defeat the course of justice, and negligence.

The babies died last month soon after receiving their vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella at a clinic in Savai'i, prompting the government to halt the country's vaccination programme.

The case has been referred to the Supreme Court, where the nurse will appear on 27 August.

The police investigation continues.

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