Bureau says hospi­tal al­tered vac­cine records

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

A county health bureau in South­west China’s Sichuan Province on Mon­day con­firmed a town­ship hospi­tal had al­tered and de­stroyed vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cates, fol­low­ing spec­u­la­tions that the hospi­tal cov­ered up ex­pired doses to children.

A hospi­tal in Qingxi town­ship al­tered and de­stroyed vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cates because med­i­cal staff placed wrong and in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion on the cer­tifi­cates in 2015, the Qingchuan county health bureau said on its Sina Weibo ac­count on Mon­day.

Vac­cines are pur­chased through le­gal chan­nels and no cases of us­ing ex­pired vac­cines were found, the bureau said.

The hospi­tal chief has been sus­pended, the Bei­jing News re­ported.

The vac­cine scan­dal started when Qingxi res­i­dents discovered that their children’s vac­ci­na­tion records were al­tered, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Red Star News in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

The hospi­tal had asked res­i­dents to turn in vac­cine cer­tifi­cates of their children born between 2012 and 2015 “to check if some­one was not vac­ci­nated,” ac­cord­ing to a photo of a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the hospi­tal posted on­line.

A par­ent sur­named Liu found that the orig­i­nal vac­cine her child was given was valid be­fore June 23, 2015 while vac­cines of the new batch num­ber were valid be­fore De­cem­ber 7, 2015. Her child was given the dose on August 9, 2015, Red Star News re­ported.

Some res­i­dents re­ceived a new vac­ci­na­tion cer­tifi­cate and the pre­vi­ous one was not re­turned.

Some par­ents doubted that their children were given ex­pired vac­cines and the hospi­tal at­tempted to de­stroy the proof and cover up their er­rors.

Li Wu, the hospi­tal chief, told The Bei­jing News that no ex­pired vac­cines were given to children, but ad­mit­ted fail­ing to carry out his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. “These vac­cines did not have any ad­verse ef­fect,” Li said.

A fire broke out at the drug ware­house of the county’s disease con­trol and preven­tion cen­ter on Sun­day night, the Bei­jing News re­ported.

Yuan Zhenghua, a deputy chief of county health bureau, said all doc­u­ments re­lated to vac­cines are well-pre­served.

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