State health officials have suspended Pueblo-based VitalPoint Urgent Care from the COVID-19 vaccination program, and nearly 100 people are being instructed to be revaccinated based on VitalPoint violations.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conducted an “unannounced on-site inspection” of VitalPoint and found vaccine storage and handling irregularities, high vaccine spillage, required reporting issues and inadequate vaccine administration for people outside the recommended age group, according to a CDPHE news release.
“Because of these violations, all vaccine doses administered at VitalPoint Urgent Care are considered invalid and patients must be revaccinated,” the statement said. “Records show that 98 patients received vaccinations on the spot and those with contact information in their vaccine journal 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 announcement.
VitalPoint vaccine recipients younger than the minimum age should receive one dose of the age-appropriate formulation Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, CDPHE said.