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Louisville is among at least nine Kentucky cities where a Mount Sterling company at the center of an investigation of vaccine-related infections provided services, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The Cabinet issued a release Friday, saying that the state Department for Public Health is investigating multiple infections associated with vaccinations by Location Vaccination, which contracted with various businesses in the region to provide on-site services.

The department isn’t certain whether it has an accurate list of all the businesses that Location Vaccination worked with, a Cabinet spokesman said Monday but released a list of nearly two dozen cities in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana where vaccines were given by the provider.

The state says the central Kentucky company is “owned and operated by Fairshinda Sabounchi McLaughlin under the medical license of Dr. Paul E. McLaughlin” and the vaccinations were given since Sept. 1.

Neither of the McLaughlins could be reached for comment. Dr. Paul E. McLaughlin, who has practiced family medicine, previously worked for KentuckyOne Health, but his employment ended last month, according to a statement from the health system, which is now known as CHI St. Joseph Health in central and eastern Kentucky.

His “participation in this onsite workplace clinic (Location Vaccination) was performed outside his role as an employed physician of KentuckyOne Health,” the statement said. “KentuckyOne Health was in no way involved with the Location Vaccination clinic.”

Individuals who were vaccinated by Location Vaccination may need to be vaccinated again and should be on the lookout for possible signs of infection, ranging from redness, pain and tenderness to hard lumps or nodules at the injection site, according to the state.

“Though Location Vaccination has stopped administering immunizations, it is still possible individuals previously vaccinated by this provider could develop an infection,” which is unlikely to get better on its own, the release said.

Symptoms could develop from a few days to more than 12 weeks after vaccination.

The state doesn’t know the number of infections, a Cabinet spokesman, Doug Hogan, said Monday.

In the news release on Friday, Public Health Commissioner Jeff Howard said, “we believe negative side effects associated with this investigation to be linked to improper storage and handling of the vaccine.”

The state is asking any businesses where Location Vaccination provided vaccinations to contact the state Department for Public Health at (502) 564-3418 and to notify employees that might be impacted.

The Kentucky cities on the list, so far, are Alexandria, Butler, Georgetown, Lexington, Louisville, Paris, Maysville, Mount Sterling and Winchester.

Cities outside of Kentucky include Columbus and Medora, Ind., and several towns in Ohio, such as Cincinnati and Columbus.

This story has been updated with a response from KentuckyOne Health and to note that the individuals identified by the state as being associated with Location Vaccination could not be reached for comment.

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Darla Carter
Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.