Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the New York State Police will refer the ParCare Community Health Network to the New York Attorney General’s office on the grounds that they are suspected of abusing the Moderna vaccine.
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker stated that a health care provider in Orange County obtained the vaccine under false pretences, transferred it to Brooklyn, and then distributed it to people not on the priority list. Although ParCare is currently the only organization under criminal investigation, the governor said that vaccine recipients who violated the state’s distribution plan may also face charges.
Cuomo said: “Whenever valuable goods are distributed, you should expect fraud.”
According to the current “1A” distribution plan in New York, only medical personnel, emergency personnel and nursing home staff are allowed to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Other teams will follow up in future rounds.
Zach said in a statement last week: “We take this very seriously.” “Anyone found to have deliberately participated in the program will be held liable.”
The New York State Police and other investigators were at the ParCare location in Borough Park on Saturday night.
A spokesperson for ParCare told ABC News on Sunday evening that it is cooperating with the state investigation and will return unused vials. The spokesperson said that ParCare has received 2,300 doses of Moderna vaccine, of which 869 doses have been injected.
“ParCare follows all New York State DOH procedures to obtain the Moderna vaccine, and has been approved by the New York State DOH for distribution, and is used by the CDC as a network site. Therefore, we have correctly received the vaccine and provided documents regarding correct vaccination, the spokesperson told ABC News.
Regarding patients receiving the first injection, ParCare stated that it will “cooperate with the state to ensure that we provide patients with a second dose.”
-Ivan Pereira, Sasha Pezenik and Aaron Katersky of ABC News contributed to this report.