Patients who received COVID-19 vaccinations at a Colorado Springs medical spa were feeling frustrated and inconvenienced on Wednesday after learning they had to deem their doses invalid and restart their round of shots.
Colorado health officials announced Tuesday evening that people who received an initial dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at Dr. Moma’s health and wellness clinic, located inside the Satellite Hotel in Southeast Colorado Springs, should consider this dose invalid and restart their injections. Those who received two doses in the clinic should consider them invalid and receive an additional dose of the vaccine – 21 days after the last dose for Pfizer recipients and 28 days after for Moderna recipients, officials said.
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“I don’t like the idea of possibly having one less vaccine, but I’m not thrilled to have to have three injections,” said Elizabeth Tate, a Denver resident who traveled to Colorado Springs for the clinic. receive first. photo of the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic on March 26. “None of these scenarios are ideal for me.”
Allie Sibole was not concerned “from a long-term perspective” about her health or the worsening side effects of the invalid dose, she said. The Fort Collins resident traveled to Colorado Springs to receive her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Dr. Moma’s health and wellness clinic on April 2.
But “it’s frustrating never to know if my first dose was effective or not,” she said, adding that it was impractical that she would have to schedule extra doses of the vaccine.
“Fortunately, I can get my follow-up photos here in Fort Collins,” Sibole said.
Most people only received a single dose of the vaccine at the clinic, health officials said in a press release on Tuesday. The medical spa had its vaccination privileges suspended and thousands of doses confiscated last Friday after El Paso County public health officials observed the clinic during its vaccination process and reported potential irregularities in the process. handling and storage of vaccines.
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After investigating the clinic’s storage, handling and record-keeping practices, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on Tuesday it could not determine the viability of the vaccines.
But it is unclear how the clinic failed to properly store, handle, and maintain vaccine records, and the state’s health department did not immediately return the Gazette’s request for more information on Wednesday. .
“I was disappointed that so many guidelines for safe vaccinations weren’t followed,” Sibole said. “The idea of extending the series of vaccinations for another three weeks – what will the side effects be?”
Sylvienash Moma, who has a doctorate in nursing practice and runs the clinic, declined to comment from her office on Wednesday, but said she expected her office to issue an official statement on the matter in the coming days.
Anne Marie Pacitto, who received her first dose of Moderna vaccine at the clinic on March 31, said knowing she needed to be revaccinated was “a lot to deal with.”
“I am speechless,” she said Wednesday after hearing the news for the first time from a Gazette reporter. Pacitto said she had not received communication from the state on next steps.
“I feel like a vaccinated guinea pig and I feel vulnerable,” she said. “I don’t think anything bad is going to happen, but it’s so new and I don’t know how my health is going to be affected.”
Her next step, she said, will be to “browse” the websites of state and county health departments to find out where she can receive additional vaccinations. “I have to take charge of my health, and I have to do my own due diligence on these providers,” she said.
Others who were vaccinated at the clinic said they were not worried about having to take multiple doses of the vaccine.
On a public Facebook page created this week for patients who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination from the Dr Moma health and wellness clinic, Mark Haselmaier wrote in a message Wednesday morning: “My mindset from the second where I learned the vaccine was viable was, “Shoot me up, doc. And it stays that way. Shoot me, doc; put me in it, coach.
Haselmaier said he received his first round of vaccines on April 3 and was ready to receive his first restarted round of vaccines on April 24. He did not say what vaccine he received.
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“Did anyone consider that we could be more protected from COVID than the rest of the population when all of this is said and done?” he wrote.
The state’s health department said in a press release Tuesday night that the CDC is not recommending people receive more than three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine regardless of its validity, citing lack of data clinics.
It is not known whether a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine could negatively affect a person’s health, although Pfizer, Inc. and BioNTech SE announced in late February that they had started evaluating the safety of a third dose of the vaccine. Pfizer “to understand the effect of a booster on immunity against COVID-19.”
The study uses participants from the Phase 1 study in the United States, giving them a booster of the current vaccine six to 12 months after receiving their initial two-dose regimen, according to a joint press release.
Several patients at the clinic also expressed concern after noting that a number of negative reviews criticizing the vaccination clinic on Google were being removed.
But Moma said Wednesday she didn’t know what happened to negative reviews.
“I have no control over what is in my reviews on Google,” she said. “I can’t call Google and tell them what to do with my reviews. All I can do is respond.
Coloradans who have had a canceled appointment at Dr. Moma’s health and wellness clinic and have not yet received their first dose of vaccine, or who need an additional vaccine, can use the state health department’s online list of providers to find a new provider and schedule a vaccination, officials said.
The list is available at covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/where-can-i-get-vaccinated.