Company in charge of vaccinating CPS employees misallocated 6,000 vaccines, Chicago Health Department says: ‘This is completely unacceptable behavior’

Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune
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The company in charge of vaccinating Chicago Public Schools employees “knowingly” misallocated 6,000 vaccines, leading the city’s public health department to stop providing it with shots, officials announced late Tuesday.

CPS contracted with Innovative Express Care to vaccinate school district employees but the public health department “determined that they knowingly misallocated more than 6,000 doses of vaccine — including using vaccine allocated for second doses for first dose appointments instead,” officials said in a news release.

“This is completely unacceptable behavior,” the public health department said in a statement.

City officials said they already hired a provider to give shots to those who were scheduled to get them from the company.

The news comes as Chicagoans continue to struggle to access the vaccine. It also follows news that Loretto Hospital, a West Side hospital, repeatedly gave vaccine to connected individuals.

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