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Safeway flu shot paperwork missing

Consent form patients may have filled out included health ID number, other health information, but not social security number

Safeway is reaching out to anyone who received a flu shot at the Santa Rita Road grocery store's mobile clinic in late September because some paperwork has gone missing.

According to Safeway spokeswoman Susan Houghton, consent forms that patients may have filled out when they went for a shot on Sept. 29 have been lost.

"Unfortunately we had a situation where the forms that these individuals filled out have been lost and it's not something we're happy about," she said. "We just wanted to alert people to the situation."

Houghton said 30 people received shots that day, half of whom are Safeway employees. The forms contain personal information such as name, address, telephone number, health insurance identification number and other health information.

"The good news is there were no social security numbers or anything like that on the form," Houghton said. "We know they weren't stolen."

The Santa Rita Road store does not have a pharmacy, so Safeway operates a mobile clinic that stations itself in the parking lot occasionally, where a hired pharmacist administers the shots.

Houghton added that while Safeway doesn't believe the information has been used improperly, she recommends the people affected check their health and credit accounts for any unusual activity.

"We are asking people to go ahead and give us a call so we can explain the situation individually and go from there," she said.

The number to call is 877-SAFEWAY (723-3929).

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