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Lafayette coronavirus vaccine clinic shut down after complaint – San Francisco Chronicle

A pop-up community clinic that vaccinated more than 600 people in Lafayette won’t be giving a second round of coronavirus shots after Contra Costa County health officials received a complaint alleging that vaccinations were given to people who shouldn’t have received them.

Dr. Rebecca Parish, a Lafayette internist who set up the community clinic at Stanley Middle School on Jan.16 and 17, confirmed that a doctor who volunteered at the clinic filed complaints with the county health department and the state Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines doctors.

Parish said she did nothing wrong and that she expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing within days.

“Everyone who received a vaccination, it was in accord with the Contra Costa County guidelines,” she said.

The county would not confirm that a complaint was filed against Parish, who runs a private practice called Comprehensive Wellness, or the pop-up clinic.

But Contra Costa Health Services officials said they had informed her that the vaccinations were to be given only to health care workers and people over 75.

The state’s guidelines allow shots to be given to health-care workers and anyone over 65, but many counties and agencies have hospitals have kept those older than 75 at the front of the line. Contra Costa County is prioritizing those 75 and older.

Authorities said they’re reviewing records of who received the vaccinations at the Lafayette clinic and that they won’t be sending a supply of second doses to the clinic. Everyone who received a first dose of the vaccine at the Lafayette clinic will get a second dose at county clinics, health officials said.

“CCHS is not currently providing any vaccines to private medical offices,” Contra Costa Health Service said. “We are concentrating on bigger distribution sites, particularly in our hardest-hit communities.”

Some people under 65 did receive vaccinations, Parish said, when the clinic discovered at the end of the day on Sunday that it had roughly 100 extra doses. The clinic used the Pfizer vaccine, which is known to have extra vaccine in most vials. Seniors on a waiting list were called first then some of the volunteers, she said, in an effort to prevent any shots from being discarded.

“The absolute cardinal sin is to let any vaccine go to waste,” she said, explaining that she followed county procedures for dealing with leftover doses.

Parish said she was relieved to learn Friday night that everyone vaccinated at the clinic would get their second dose.

“This is just a waste of time,” she said of the complaint, “when we should be concentrating on getting shots in arms.”

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ctuan

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