Located in the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tour
ism Pilot Zone, the hospital injected 38 patients since January last year with HPV 9-valent vaccine, ch
arging 9,000 yuan ($1,350) for most of them. One person was given an injection as a welfare tre
atment. The hospital did so without obtaining an official vaccination outpatient license, the statement said.
It said the health commission of Qionghai, which administers the Boao pilot zone, no
tified the hospital of penalties on April 18, which included a warning, confiscation of more than 201,
000 yuan in illegal income, a fine of 8,000 yuan and a revocation of its business license as a medical institution.
The HPV 9-valent vaccine, which has only been legally available at the United Family Vaccin
e Center of Boao Super Hospital in the pilot zone since May last year, was developed for women between the
ages of 16 and 26 mainly to help prevent cervical cancer caused by nine types of HPV.
More than 18,500 vaccinations have been provided, and more than 4,300 clients completed the standard series of three vaccinations within six months.