The coronavirus vaccine has finally arrived in New York, but only a few people at risk should receive the vaccine in the first round.
These restrictions have not prevented others from trying to obtain the vaccine, including unauthorized medical staff in certain hospitals. Now, New York State is investigating whether New York’s health clinic network provides vaccinations to members of groups not prioritized by New York State (the highest-risk health care workers and nursing home residents and employees).
On Saturday, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced an investigation into the clinic. He said: “The Covid-19 vaccine may have been fraudulently obtained and transferred to facilities in other parts of the state. Violated state guidelines and passed it on to the public.”
He said: “We take this issue very seriously, and the U.S. Department of Health will assist the state police in a criminal investigation of this matter.”
These clinics are operated by the ParCare Community Health Network, which has offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Kiryas Joel, a village in the northwest of the city. The investigation was originally reported by the New York Post on Saturday.
Many of ParCare’s patients are Orthodox Jews who have been hit hard by the virus. The clinic has cooperated with the city to provide orthodox communities with free coronavirus testing to a large extent.
ParCare retweeted a photo of an older rabbi who received the vaccine from his Twitter account, and the Rabbinical Alliance of America shared a photo on Twitter claiming that ParCare CEO Gary Schlesinger is receiving the vaccine.
The post has since been deleted, but a ParCare representative confirmed that Mr. Schlesinger has received the vaccine because he works in the clinic every day.
ParCare representatives said in an email statement that the company has followed all procedures of the State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain and distribute Moderna coronavirus vaccine, and the clinic has returned the vaccine to the department.Conduct investigation
He provided reporters with what appeared to be a packing list and an email showing that the Ministry of Health had delivered 2,300 vaccines to ParCare.
He said that he has managed more than 850.
“We believe that the final results of this review will show that ParCare is always doing its best to comply with all NYSDOH requirements and will enable us to continue to achieve our first goal of providing these key vaccines to people in need of New Yorkers. The statement said.
On December 16, two days after the first injection of Pfizer vaccine in New York, vaccine advertisements appeared on ParCare’s Twitter feed. The ad stated: “The vaccine will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis” and requires patients to register through the website or by scanning a QR code.
The advertisement also stated that the Food and Drug Administration authorized ParCare to administer the vaccine, but that the administration of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is responsible for distributing the vaccine in the state. Some clinics in the state have received the vaccine but have not yet injected it to people outside the priority population.
Members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn protested the government’s restrictions on religious gatherings to reduce the spread of the virus, and crowded scenes of Orthodox weddings and funerals appeared on social media.
Orthodox Jews and Catholic institutions filed a lawsuit against Mr. Cuomo, which ended in a November ruling by the US Supreme Court.
At the time, Mr. Cuomo said that the decision “has no real effect” because the number of coronavirus cases has decreased in many areas where the rule has been implemented. Now that the positive test results in New York are reaching levels not seen since the spring, the ruling may prove more relevant.