Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is pictured at Rady Children’s Hospital earlier than it is positioned again within the fridge in San Diego, California on December 15, 2020.
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Doses of the coronavirus vaccine may have been wrongfully obtained and distributed all through elements of New York, the state’s prime physician stated Saturday.
Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner for the state’s division of well being, says his workplace acquired experiences of ParCare Community Health Network “fraudulently” acquiring the vaccine and transferring it to “facilities in other parts of the state.”
The vaccine doses allegedly diverted for “members of the public” circumvent the state’s plan to prioritize the inoculation of frontline healthcare professionals and residents of long-term care amenities, Zucker stated. New York’s preliminary rollout of the vaccine it nonetheless restricted to hospitals and nursing houses.
ParCare Community Health Network – recognized by the state as a provider in Orange County – companies branches all through a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods and the Upper East Side.
On Dec. 16, the corporate provided doses of the vaccine on a “first come first serve basis” by means of a social media put up on Facebook. The put up included a sign-up kind for the aged, folks at high-risk, and people with underlying situations.
One week later, ParCare shared images of the Moderna vaccine on Twitter, saying the corporate had acquired 1000’s of doses.
The DOH stated it would not remark past Zucker’s Saturday assertion.
“We take this very seriously and DOH will be assisting State Police in a criminal investigation into this matter. Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Zucker stated within the Saturday press launch.
An announcement from ParCare acknowledged the division of well being’s inquiry and guaranteed cooperation whereas the state investigates.
“During these unprecedented times, we have striven to provide critical healthcare services and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to those qualified to receive them under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines, which includes frontline healthcare workers and first responders,” the assertion learn, partially.
At the top of October, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a partnership with ParCare to extend the provision of speedy testing in a number of areas all through Borough Park and Williamsburg.