State health officials have suspended Pueblo-based VitalPoint Urgent Care from the COVID-19 vaccination program and nearly 100 people are instructed to get re-vaccinated based on VitalPoint violations.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment made an “unannounced site inspection” at VitalPoint and found irregularities in vaccine storage and handling, high vaccine wastage, issues with required reporting, and inappropriate vaccine administration to individuals outside of the recommended age group, according to a CDPHE news release.
“Because of these violations, any vaccine doses administered at VitalPoint Urgent Care are considered invalid and patients will need to be revaccinated,” the release said. “Records show 98 patients received vaccinations at the site, and those with contact information in their vaccine record will be contacted directly by CDPHE.”
State health officials are working with “appropriate authorities regarding any possibility of fraud” in the ongoing investigation.
The CDC recommends that all patients vaccinated at VitalPoint Urgent Care “should repeat one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine immediately (no minimum interval), regardless of the total number of doses received at the clinic,” according to the release.
VitalPoint vaccine recipients who are younger that the minimum authorized age should receive one dose of the age-appropriate formulation Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the CDPHE said.
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