A Georgia clinic that violated state regulations as to who is eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines and gave teachers shots prior to their deployment is banned from giving vaccines for six months.
State health officials seized about 470 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the Elberton Medical Center on Friday after finding it helped teachers skip the line, according to KYFF4.
Georgia is still in the early stages of its vaccine rollout, where healthcare workers, residents and long-term care facility workers, law enforcement officers, and people 65 and over are eligible for vaccination.
Teachers are not yet eligible, but White House officials and the CDC have stated that it is safe for students and teachers to be back in school in person without being vaccinated.
According to numerous CDC studies, children are rarely infected and do not often spread the coronavirus in schools.
“Vaccine providers must adhere to the current vaccination phase to ensure that the state’s limited vaccine supplies benefit the most vulnerable,” said a statement from officials at Georgia’s Ministry of Health.
At a health clinic in Georgia, teachers were able to skip the vaccination line while vaccinating fewer than 1 million high-risk people
The Medical Center of Elberton (pictured) ignored Georgia’s guidelines for approving vaccines and gave teachers COVID-19 shots. Hundreds of cans were confiscated and not vaccinated for six months