Loveland Reporter-Herald

Vaccine seized from medical spa due to storage problems

- ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — About 3,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been confiscate­d from a Colorado Springs medical spa after county health officials observed problems in vaccine storage on Friday, prompting the state health depar tment to investigat­e the vaccinatio­n process there.

The state health department announced Friday night that it suspended vaccinatio­ns at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic because of those obser vations earlier in the day and said investigat­ors were working to determine if what was seen was isolated or not.

A spokespers­on for the county health depar tment, Jared Verner, told The Gazette that 150 syringes of vaccine will have to be destroyed because the state cannot verify that proper handling and temperatur­es were maintained at the clinic, which had been administer­ing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The fate of the remaining 3,000 doses confiscate­d by the Colorado National Guard will depend on the results of the state’s investigat­ion, he said.

No one answered the telephone at the clinic on Sunday. According to its website, it of fers mostly aesthetic ser vices such as facials, acne treatment and tattoo removal and is led by Sylvienash Moma, who holds a doctorate of nursing degree.

In its news release announcing the investigat­ion, the state health depar tment said 3,933 people have been vaccinated at the clinic.

“Health officials do not believe patients at this site have cause for concern but are in the process of determinin­g whether those previously vaccinated at this location will need to re-initiate their vaccine series, as occasional­ly happens with similar occurrence­s involving other vaccines,” the state health department said.

More than 1,000 vaccinatio­n appointmen­ts at the clinic were canceled Saturday in addition to another 6,000 appointmen­ts scheduled through May 8, the state health department said.

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