Three Shaanxi vaccine clinics substandard

China | 10 Aug 2018 11:23 am

Vaccines suspected to be expired but given to children in Shangluo city in northwestern Shaanxi province as mentioned in recent online reports have been proved to be valid, said the National Health Commission said yesterday.

The online reports mainly involve five kinds of vaccines including those against DPT, ECM, and MMR, given by three vaccination clinics in the city, according to the NHC, Xinhua reports.

On-site inspections showed all the vaccines were given within the term of validity, the NHC said in a statement on its website.

The clinic staff, however, registered the vaccines with the wrong and expired batch numbers on the inoculation certificates issued to recipients, leading to a mismatch, according to the statement.

The wrong batch numbers were copied from an outdated list and not verified during the inoculations, which violated the standard inoculation procedure, said the statement.

The three vaccination clinics were also found to be understaffed, equipped with substandard facilities, and under lax supervision.

The investigation team has asked the local government to work out plans for rectification, conduct inspection and supervision on vaccination institutions, and fix loopholes in vaccine management.

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