Medical clinics have been forced to shut down because of a surge in reports of patients receiving potentially deadly vaccines at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools.

The VA Medical Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are among the institutions that have had to close down.

At least 30 VA medical centers have been notified of possible exposures since November of this year, according to a VA statement.

“We take seriously the safety and protection of our patients, and we will continue to do everything we can to provide the highest quality care to our patients,” said VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.

“We are committed to ensuring that we provide the safest possible care to the patients and staff at VA hospitals and clinics.”

On Monday, VA Medical Centers in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia issued alerts to doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals about potential exposure to the vaccines, according a statement from the agency.

The alerts warned that the vaccines are not for use in patients who have not tested positive for a specific illness or condition.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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