The Georgia Department of Public Health was notified Tuesday that the Medical Center of Elberton had been vaccinating Elbert County School District staff members who were outside of the Phase 1A+ category of people eligible for the vaccine. After an investigation, the DPH confirmed the information and suspended the medical center, a release from the department said.
CNN has reached out to the Medical Center of Elberton for comment.
Elbert County School Superintendent Jon Jarvis said many of the district’s more than 500 employees have been eager to receive the vaccine.
During the suspension, the rural medical center won’t be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine shipments, though it will be allowed to use the remaining vaccine inventory for second-dose administration to patients “as applicable,” DPH said.
“It is critical that DPH maintains the highest standards for vaccine accountability to ensure all federal and state requirements are adhered to by all parties, and vaccine is administered efficiently and equitably,” the DPH said.