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City told to pay for expired vaccines

SALEM

January 23, 2014

The city Health Department plans to appeal an alleged violation of the Vaccines for Children program which could cost the city $1,536 to replace two vaccines permitted to expire without being used....

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EATTHERICH

Jan-25-14 5:44 PM

how much does our health dept. cost us per year?this smacks at incompetiance

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WatchDog

Jan-23-14 5:11 PM

Councilwoman, thank you!

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WatchDog

Jan-23-14 5:11 PM

Once that level of trust has been diminished the advantage of accessibility no longer matters.

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questioner

Jan-23-14 2:09 PM

I feel they shouldn't waste any more time/effort in trying to get out of paying--suck it up and (make us) pay the penalty.

This one is now being monitored. But do we have a person who is in charge and knows/learns all the requirements and makes sure everyone else knows of them? Who is that person?

All businesses have someone who has to know the policies and make sure everyone else knows and adheres to them.

Gotta admit, this policy seems basic and good--if we have vaccines about to expire that we won't use, let someone know so that they can be used elsewhere rather than have someone else out or needing new ones. Makes sense and is cost-efficient.

I'm glad we'll be doing that in the future.

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ladybug

Jan-23-14 7:59 AM

Agree. Apperently they forgot to renew some sort of license last yr ?

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CyndiBaronzziDickey

Jan-23-14 6:35 AM

While I believe that having a health department located within the city is a big advantage to the residents as far as accessibility, I have to wonder if the individuals in charge of this one can do the job. Some say the problem is the fact that it is a part time dept, but I am beginning to believe it may be the staff involved. It is the responsibility of the administrator to ensure that the staff know the policies and that procedures are in place to comply with them. It is the staff responsibility to learn the policies and duties of their job and carry them out. This article makes it appears that this isn't happening. I also don't see he department making any attempt to market their available services ie, the flu shot fiasco in the fall. I could go on and on, but folks, it is way beyond time to pull yourselves together and become a self-sufficient dept. If you can't monitor expiration dates, what else is falling through the cracks?

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