'Fake paramedic' accused over CQ coal port flu shots
A MAN accused of posing as a qualified paramedic is facing jail after he allegedly gave almost 140 people flu injections at a central Queensland coal port.
Calvin Jordan Wahlberg has been slapped with 138 charges for administering a restricted drug, the flu vaccine Fluarix, in 2014, mostly at Hay Point south of Mackay.
The 38-year-old Brisbane man has also been charged with fraud for allegedly attempting to dishonestly gain an advantage by applying for membership of the Australia and New Zealand College of Paramedics.
The Courier Mail reports the Office of the Health Ombudsman hit Wahlberg with a ban in December 2015 from engaging in paid or unpaid employment in any clinical or non-clinical capacity relating to the provision of health services.
He was committed to stand trial in the district court on the fraud charge in December, while the drugs charges were adjourned to be mentioned again in Brisbane Magistrates Court in April. No pleas have been entered to the charges.
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