Pfizer’s Kovid-19 vaccine is pictured at Rady Children’s Hospital before being placed back in the refrigerator on December 15, 2020 in San Diego, California.
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The state’s top physician said Saturday that coronovirus vaccine supplements could be incorrectly received and distributed throughout parts of New York.
Commissioner of the state Health Department, Dr. Howard Zucker says his office obtained the ParCare Community Health Network report “fraudulently” receiving the vaccine and transferring it to “facilities in other parts of the state”.
Zucker said the vaccine is reportedly diverted to “members of the public”, thwarting plans to prioritize vaccination of the state’s frontline healthcare professionals and residents of long-term care facilities. The initial rollout of the New York vaccine is still limited to hospitals and nursing homes.
ParCare Community Health Network – identified by the state as a provider in Orange County – serviced branches in the Brooklyn neighborhood and several parts of the Upper East Side.
On December 16, the company offered vaccine supplements on a “first come first serve” basis via social media posts on Facebook. The post included sign-up forms for the elderly, people at high risk, and people with underlying conditions.
A week later, ParCare shared photos of the Moderna vaccine on Twitter, saying the company had received thousands of doses.
The DOH said it would not comment beyond Zucker’s Saturday statement.
“We take it very seriously and the DOH will help the state police in this matter,” Zucker said in a release issued on Saturday.
In a statement by ParCare, the Health Department’s investigation was accepted and the state assured cooperation on the investigation.
The statement said, “During these unprecedented times, we have strived to provide critical healthcare and COVID-19 vaccinations to those eligible to receive them under the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health Are. In part.
In late October, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a partnership with ParCare to rapidly increase test availability at several locations in Borough Park and Williamsburg.