High-End Medical Provider Let Ineligible People Skip COVID-19 Vaccine Line
Added 02-24-21 05:07:01am EST - “Concierge health care provider One Medical has been allowing ineligible people to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Staff questioned what they saw as inappropriate, internal documents obtained by NPR show.” - Npr.org
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The boutique health care provider allowed patients who were not eligible — and those with connections to One Medical's leadership — to skip the coronavirus vaccine line ahead of high-risk patients. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption
The boutique health care provider allowed patients who were not eligible — and those with connections to One Medical's leadership — to skip the coronavirus vaccine line ahead of high-risk patients.
A national health care provider has administered COVID-19 vaccinations to people deemed ineligible for the scarce vaccine by local health departments, including people with connections to company leaders and customers of its concierge medical service, according to internal communications leaked to NPR.
San Francisco-based One Medical has been allocated thousands of vaccine doses by local health departments in some of the areas they provide medical services. Ineligible individuals with connections to company leadership were set up with vaccine appointments, and patients who were disqualified from receiving the vaccine were nonetheless permitted to skip the line ahead of other high-risk patients.
The problems have occurred in numerous company locations across several states. The Washington State Department of Health, citing a complaint it received this month, told NPR it had halted COVID-19 vaccine distribution to the company. Other regulators have also received complaints or stopped providing the vaccine.
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