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Line jumping causes clinic to lose Covid vaccinations

Robert Besser
02 Mar 2021, 02:16 GMT+10

A California healthcare provider is no longer receiving supplies of COVID vaccinations after their staff members allegedly allowed ineligible people to jump lines and be vaccinated.

This follows complaints by members of the public that staff at One Medical sites allowed those under 65 years old to be vaccinated.

In response to complaints, San Francisco-based One Medical is no longer receiving vaccination supplies in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and Alameda counties.

Officials at One Medical told media on Wednesday that they have terminated staff members who violated rules on vaccinating the public.

One Medical is a high technology health care provider offering video visits and apps to schedule appointments. The company charges members a yearly fee of $199.

Following complaints by the piblic, an investigation determined that 70 ineligible people received vaccinations at a San Mateo County locations. The county has since terminated its vaccination agreement with One Medical.

While San Marin, Santa Clara and Alameda County officials have not said how many irregularities occurred, they have stopped sending vaccine supplies to One Medical clinics.

San Francisco officials have said that One Medical provided vaccinations to younger people who jumped ahead of others in line and incorrectly identified themselves as healthcare workers.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health said they will only allow One Medical to administer second doses to people they earlier inoculated.

However, 1,600 vaccine doses have been taken back from One Medical.

Officials note that there have also been complaints about line skipping at One Medical locations in Washington State and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, a One Medical official told ABC News that they have "numerous checkpoints in place" and "routinely turn people away who do not meet eligibility criteria."

"We stand behind our policy that no ineligible employees, members, or business affiliates will intentionally be given an opportunity to jump the line," the spokesperson said.

The company spokesperson also said their records indicate fewer than 1 percent of doses were administered to ineligible people.

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