Clinic halts operation, raising customer concerns in HPV vaccination

Cai Wenjun
A clinic in Pudong has halted service as a result of financial issues, organizing follow-up HPV vaccinations for customers at other medical facilities, and offering refunds.
Cai Wenjun

A private clinic in the Pudong New Area has left its patients at a loss, especially those having already receiving one or two shots of HPV vaccinations, when it suspended operations in late August due to financial difficulties.

Luckily, the clinic has arranged customers to receive follow-up injections in other facilities or provide refunds, officials from the Pudong New Area Health Commission said on Monday.

Meanwhile, officials suggested customers be more careful in choosing a facility for HPV vaccination.

The Yiyong Clinic in Pudong sent short messages to customers on August 24, saying that it has suspended operations. It raised concerns, as many women have bought the HPV vaccine through various online platforms for infection services in the clinic.

Yiyong has vaccination qualifications. It attracts customers by claiming a shorter wait period than public hospitals.

Health commission officials said the issue has been successfully resolved, as the clinic has organized customers to undergo injections by batches in other facilities, or provide refunds.

"The clinic is currently halting operation. Since it didn't violate the law or industry regulations, the government didn't impose punishment. The issue of HPV vaccination is a civil dispute, and is being solved at present," the commission officials said.

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