PUEBLO, Colorado (KRDO) — An emergency care clinic in Pueblo has been suspended from the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program as of Friday after an inspector found numerous violations at the clinic.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, an unannounced inspection of the site at VitalPoint Urgent Care in Pueblo found a number of irregularities in vaccine storage and handling, high vaccine waste, difficulties with required reporting, and inappropriate vaccine administration to individuals outside the United States. recommended age group.”
CDPHE told KRDO that the inspection took place on Nov. 10 after a complaint was filed. A press release listed nine separate violations of the “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement”.
Failure to store and handle COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with the CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit.
Failure to document and report required information on vaccine administration.
Failure to maintain onsite documentation of the storage and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Improper administration of the vaccine to individuals outside the recommended age group.
Failure to report data to the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) within 72 hours of vaccine administration.
Failure to provide an Emergency Authorization to Use (EUA) information sheet to any vaccine recipient prior to vaccination.
Failure to report temperature changes, contact manufacturer and quarantine vaccine.
Failure to report wastage of COVID-19 vaccine.
Failure to report vaccine administration errors to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Violations Spotted by CDPHE at VitalPoint Urgent Care in Pueblo
CDPHE says at least 98 patients have been vaccinated on site. The state told KRDO that VitalPoint Urgent Care is now the seventh vaccine provider to be suspended (four others were reinstated after making necessary corrections), but only the second to be suspended where revaccinations were required. dr. Moma Health & Wellness Clinic in Colorado Springs is the other provider.
The department says patients who received one dose of Moderna vaccine should receive two additional doses from another provider because VitalPoint’s dose is “considered invalid.” Those who received two doses in the clinic should receive one additional dose. Patients who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the clinic should also receive an additional dose “immediately,” according to CDPHE.
CDPHE says it will work with the appropriate authorities in this case to investigate any possibility of fraud.