The state government said on Saturday that a healthcare provider in New York fraudulently obtained Kovid-19 vaccines and sent them to members of the public.
The New York State Police has begun a criminal investigation into the case, which may be the state’s first vaccine delivery-related scam.
The State Department of Health is aware of reports that ParCare Community Health Network, a provider with a clinic in Orange County, “could fraudulently obtain the Kovid-19 vaccine, transfer it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines, and send it to members of the public. , “State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement.
ParCare’s website shows it has six locations, including four in Brooklyn, New York and Its patients are “primarily Orthodox Hasidic Jews, Hispanics, and African Americans.”
Hyperlocal Orthodox Jewish news site, Boropark 24, published Story on 21 December, saying that ParCare had received a shipment Modern Ink vaccines, and showed boxes of vaccines appearing as a refrigerator. It also appeared as a copy of a ParCare ad that read “The Nutest Healthcare Revolution!” “First come first serve basis.
Parare’s chief executive, Gary Slessinger, quoted as saying that people who are “health care workers, over 60, or have underlying conditions” can register online to receive a vaccine.
This differs from state guidelines, which allow only frontline health care workers, or staff and nursing home residents, to receive the first batch of vaccines.
“We take this very seriously and the DOH will help the state police in criminal investigations into the matter,” Zucker said in the statement. “Anyone intentionally participating in the scheme shall be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Representatives with ParCare did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent on Saturday.