Crime Stoppers seeks information about destroyed vaccines

July 31, 2012

Pettis County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person involved in a crime that destroyed nearly $20,000 worth of children’s vaccines earlier this month.

According to reports, sometime during the night of July 6, the main power source at Katy Trail Community Health Center offices, located at 821 Westwood, was cut off. The interruption caused two refrigeration units to shut off, destroying the vaccines.

“Those vaccines were mainly for children,” said Katy Trail Chief Executive Officer Chris Stewart. “Katy Trail takes part in a CDC, state-run program that gives health care providers vaccines to distribute to children enrolled in Medicaid or who aren’t covered by insurance.”

Stewart said while the vaccines were “completely destroyed” by the power outage, Katy Trail patients wouldn’t see much of an effect.

“We immediately filed an insurance claim and brought in new vials of the vaccines that were damaged,” she said. “We’re also increasing security at our facility, adding surveillance cameras and a back-up generator so something like this won’t happen again.”

“I’ve never heard of something like this happening before and frankly, I’m shocked and disappointed.”

Those with information about the power outage are asked to call 827-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.