Dr. Hasan Gokal decided to abandon 10 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that was on the verge of wasting. He believes this is a responsible decision.allHe told CBS News that this was an “absolute, complete and complete shock” and a “surprising surprise.”
Dr. Houston served as an emergency doctor in the Emergency Office of the Department of Public Health in Harris County, Texas. He is also the medical director of the county’s COVID-19 vaccine promotion.
He said that in late December last year, he was monitoring the vaccination campaign of emergency workers-this was the county̵
At the end of the event, the last person appeared. Therefore, the 11 doses of Moderna vaccine in the new vial were pierced for vaccination, which activated the 6-hour time limit for the remaining 10 doses.
The remaining 10 doses must be placed within 6 hours or they will be discarded because they have expired. Gogall said he was determined not to waste them. He said: “This is a county with 5 million people. We have the first 3 million doses. There is no room to throw away.” “When you have something so precious that can save your life, throwing it away will hurt you. “
Gokal said that his first reaction was to provide doses to active workers, but they have been vaccinated or refused. Emergency workers have left the scene, and the police officers there have received the vaccine, or they want to wait before taking the medicine.
With no other choice, Gokal called the Harris County Public Health Officer in charge of the operation and shared with him the plan to find 10 people and manage the remaining dose. He said he was asked to do it.
Since the incident was the first time that Harris County started to vaccinate the public, Gokal said that the county’s agreement was not followed at the time: “They don’t exist. This is a new situation… You don’t know there is such a precedent,” he said.
But he said that the Texas Department of Health Services has provided guidance to always try to find qualified people in this level when there is still a vaccine dose remaining at the end of the shift. If you can’t find someone who meets the criteria, look for someone who is willing and acceptable. Gokal said the agency’s message is clear: “We don’t want to waste any dose. Regularly.”
Dr. Gokal said: “At that time, I started to browse the phone list, thinking about who might fall into category 1(b) (people over 65 years of age or health conditions that increase the risk of serious Covid-related diseases).
He scrambled to find 10 people who met the state’s vaccine requirements. Some are acquaintances; some are acquaintances. Others, strangers. Among them are two women in their 70s. Two bedridden elderly women. Their children in their 70s also suffered from medical illnesses, and they were also shot. Gokal said that a mother with a child on a ventilator may be sentenced to “death sentence” because of the virus.
After midnight, and only 20 minutes before the vaccine expires, the last person to cancel the vaccine is cancelled. Gokal said he faces two choices: throw the last dose or give it to his wife, who has pulmonary sarcoidosis, a lung disease that makes her breathing difficult and can be fatal. The doctor said that given her condition, she was eligible.
Gokal said that unless through “appropriate channels,” he never intended or planned to shoot any of his family members.
He said that he submitted documents for 10 people who were vaccinated at the workplace the next morning and was transparent about what happened with colleagues and supervisors the previous day. A week later, he was fired.
He said that the human resources department told him that he should return the remaining doses, even if that means they will be thrown away. Gokal, who immigrated from Pakistan when he was ten years old, said that the Ministry of Human Resources also questioned the lack of “equality” among the population he was vaccinating-indicating that there are too many Indian names in this group.
The Harris County Public Health Office said the department was unable to comment on the Gokal case.
Two weeks after his dismissal, the doctor discovered that he had been charged with theft and was charged by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for violating county regulations.
Ogg said: “He abused his power to place his friends and family in front of people who have gone through the legal process.” She said that a week has passed, “he told a colleague of the Harris County Department of Public Health, and then Report it to the supervisor.”
The judge later rejected these allegations. The judge’s ruling said: “The affidavit is full of sloppiness and error.” He pointed out that the state did not “sufficiently accuse the complainant of the right to have vaccines than the defendant, which is based on the person’s own admission as a response to COVID- 19’s medical consultant.”
The district attorney still intends to file a lawsuit before the grand jury. Gokal’s lawyers expect this to happen within the next two weeks. If prosecuted, he will face one year in prison.
Gokal’s lawyer, Paul Doyle, said that when he asked for the written agreement and waiting list mentioned in the complaint, the prosecutor told him that there was no and there was no written waiting list.
In an email, Dane Schiller, director of communications for the district attorney, said the office could not comment on the case, but would forward the CBS news to the fee file..
Gokal said that he shed tears every time he narrated and found charges against him.
He said that the most difficult thing he had to face was to pay attention to the impact of this situation on his loved ones: his wife was trying to fall asleep and her condition worsened. It is now difficult for his children to focus on their homework: “This is simply devastating,” he said.
“When I am in the emergency room, when there is a question mark about doing the right thing, human life always trumps any policy issue. No one doubts it,” said Gokal, who has a background in emergency medicine. Now, he says he is dealing with the impact of not wasting vaccines in a pandemic.
Gokal said he hopes that his experience will not cause other doctors to lose their ethical guidelines and that they will not be discouraged from doing the “right thing” when making a decision.
He said: “Unfortunately, I was the first person to have this situation. When they realized that this should happen every time, there were few such situations.”
Earlier this month, the Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Association both issued statements in support of Gokar’s actions.
The statement said: “Under such circumstances, it is unreasonable to accuse the kind doctor of criminal offences.”
Regardless of the outcome of the legal process, Gokal will worry about his career.
His lawyer said the accusation “makes Dr. Gokal look frightening around the world” and undermines the profession he has spent 20 years in.
“Everyone read the original story, and the initial reaction was,’These are vaccines for my parents, grandparents and front-line workers. How dare he steal these?”
So far, Gokal has spent time as a volunteer in a charity health clinic.
Gokal said: “Given that the only option is to throw away the vaccine, I won’t do anything different.” “If I regret doing that, I won’t be a good doctor.”