More ‘non-frontline workers’ receive COVID vaccine due to ‘misinformation’

Several non-frontline employees of Stanford Medicine were given the COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend, the hospital confirmed, two weeks after residents at Stanford Hospital opposed the rollout of the first allotment of the vaccine to administrators and physicians who Contact with patients who are not inside.

Vaccine supplements were offered by walk-in appointments on Saturdays and Sundays, the Stanford Daily reported first on Wednesday. For frontline employees, however, “misinformation” led to the birth of many employees who are not eligible for the vaccine at this stage of vaccination.

“Unfortunately, this past weekend, misinformation about vaccine availability circulated within our community, leading some ineligible staff to receive a vaccination,” Stanford Medicine said in part, in an email statement to SFGATE.

“At this time, Stanford Medicine is only vaccinating patient-facing health care workers,” the statement said. “We have addressed this issue and are confident that we will continue to vaccinate the entire Stanford Medicine community through an ethical and equitable process.”

The hospital did not respond to follow-up questions on the number of ineligible employees vaccinated. According to the Stanford Daily, vaccinations were to be given to frontline workers “by invitation only”.

The “misinformation” led to the misconception that an “excess” of the vaccine was available for distribution to Stanford Medicine employees; In particular, a non-frontline employee receiving the vaccine told the Stanford Daily that he was under the impression that several vials of the vaccine were melted to the expected crowd over the weekend of the holiday.

The word of mouth of the vaccine is being made available to all employees, according to the article. (It is worth noting that COVID-19 vaccines should be stored in the freezer at -80 to -80 ° C; once thawed, the vaccines must be used within 120 hours, or five days, and centers. According to this, it cannot be renewed. Disease control and prevention.)

On 18 December, the question of how the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out among staff at Stanford Hospital after residents protested the hospital for distributing the vaccine to home-working administrators and physicians. At the time, a letter signed by residents to Stanford officials said the hospital was vaccinating 5,000 employees in its first phase; Among them, only seven residents and fellows were included.

Stanford Medicine later apologized for its role in vaccine delivery, writing that “we took full responsibility for errors in the execution of our vaccine delivery plan. Our intention was to develop an ethical and equitable process for the delivery of the vaccine.” .. We are immediately revising our plan for better order delivery of the vaccine. “

Frontline and other health care workers in “high acuity settings” are regarded as a top priority as of a time released by Stanford Medicine on 23 December. Frontline activists were scheduled to receive vaccination from 28 on 17 December; Hospitals, ambulatory providers and staff with patient contacts were next to receive the vaccination from 28 December to 8 January; All other Stanford Medicine employees could receive the vaccine after 8 January.

As of 23 December, 7,725 Stanford Medicine employees were given the COVID-19 vaccine.

SFGATE news editor Amy Graff contributed to this report.

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