The new photos show that members of the public received the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic under criminal investigation in New York, suspected of providing unauthorized doses to the public without first-line medical staff.
The ParCare community health network in Brooklyn and northern Orange County was accused of improperly obtaining 3,500 doses of Moderna vaccine and distributing it to the public who were not in the first phase of the state’s distribution.
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a press conference on Saturday that the medical network “may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine and transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines. And transferred it to the public.”
ParCare shared photos on social media showing the Moderna vaccine in the refrigerator, but the clinic did not officially list the doses to receive.
The Rabbinical Alliance of America in the United States shared a photo of ParCare CEO and President Gary Schlesinger receiving the vaccine. Although he did not appear to participate in the vaccination, it was later deleted.
According to New York State guidelines, the first people to receive the vaccine include high-risk hospital staff, nursing home residents, nursing home staff, long-term and group care residents and staff, and coroners and medical examiners-not the elderly or pre-existing condition.
Gary Schlesinger, CEO and President of ParCare Healthcare Network in Brooklyn, New York, as shown in the picture, received the COVID-19 vaccine.The health care network is being investigated for allegedly obtaining the vaccine improperly and distributing it to the public
Mark Appel is the head of a well-known non-profit organization and a former board member of the Municipal Health and Hospital Company. He was one of the first people to receive the vaccine at ParCare. He said: “If Gary gets the vaccine first, God bless him. The country should investigate why they can’t let more people get the vaccine fast enough.
In the refrigerator: ParCare shared this photo on December 21, which shows a refrigerated dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Other photos and videos on social media showed a group of rabbis and Jewish leaders vaccinated in some of ParCare’s six locations.
ParCare claimed to have received 3,500 doses of Moderna vaccine. Local news media BoroPark24 reported on December 21. Schlesinger said that he expects Boro Park Clinic to vaccinate 500 people that day.
He told the news site: “Hundreds of patients have been vaccinated today, and people are still coming in.”
However, the Parcare network is not among the facilities listed as a state designated vaccination center.
On a Facebook page associated with one of their locations in Brooklyn on December 16, they issued a statement saying that they have been “authorized to distribute #CovidVaccine to people who meet certain conditions.”
It is not clear how Schlesinger obtained the vaccine.
On December 21, ParCare in six locations announced that it had received the COVID-19 vaccine, even though the clinic did not officially list the dose to receive
ParCare allegedly provided doses to members of the public who were not part of the state’s first wave of vaccine distribution.In the first stage, the vaccine should be limited to high-risk medical staff, nursing home residents and staff
ParCare has established a website where residents can register for vaccines. Schlesinger said those who want to get it must be 60 years old or have basic conditions and will get it on a first-come, first-served basis-which violates the state’s regulations.
It is not clear how Schlesinger obtained the vaccine
“Once you are on the list, we must review to ensure that you are a medical worker, are over 60 years old, or have underlying diseases. Schlesinger said: “We will not vaccinate people who are not eligible for the first batch of vaccines.”
The vaccine was originally free, but ParCare’s website requires those who are interested in vaccinating to provide their insurance information.
According to the New York Post, Schlesinger is a prominent figure in the Orthodox Jewish community in New York, with Mayor de Blasio, Attorney General Letitia James, and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric · Eric Gonzalez is in contact with Eric Adams, the Brooklyn president and mayor candidate.
Near Borough Park is the place where the ParCare clinic receiving Moderna dose treatment is located. In the same area, protests broke out in the autumn to protest the COVID-19 safety guidelines of Mayor Bill De Blasio and Gov Andrew Cuomo. Members of the Orthodox Jewish community disobeyed wearing Masks.
Schlesinger’s picture shows his fist raised in front of the ParCare logo
On Saturday, ParCare shared a statement stating that they comply with the state’s vaccine distribution guidelines and are cooperating in an investigation
Zach said: “We take this issue very seriously, and the Ministry of Health will assist the state police in a criminal investigation of this matter.”
He added: “Anyone who is found to have deliberately participated in the plan will be held liable.”
On Saturday, ParCare shared a statement saying that they comply with the state’s vaccine distribution guidelines and are cooperating in an investigation.
During this unprecedented period, we have worked hard to provide critical healthcare services to the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health (including frontline medical staff and first responders) and manage those who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
‘Parcare Community Health Network has a long history of cooperation with New York City, aiming to provide important healthcare services to those who need New Yorkers most-including providing COVID-19 testing
The clinic said in a statement: “As we actively cooperate with the New York State Department of Health on this matter, we will continue to provide high-quality medical services to help New York get rid of this pandemic.”
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker stated that the medical network “may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine, violating state guidelines and transferring it to facilities elsewhere in the state and to the public. ”
Parcare issued a statement on December 16 stating that they have been “authorized to distribute #Covid vaccine to people who meet certain standards” but did not officially list
View of Parcare Health and Medical Center in Monroe, Orange County.The network also has vaccination locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan
Mark Appel is the head of a well-known non-profit organization and a former board member of the Municipal Health and Hospital Company. He was one of the first people to receive the vaccine at ParCare Clinic.
He said that there was no problem getting it because he had diabetes and spent his charity work called The Bridge in the hospital.
“I am not sad to get it. I am there every day to help people on the front lines,” he told the New York Daily News.
Appel defended Schlesinger before other health organizations obtained the vaccine, saying: “If Gary gets the vaccine first, God bless him. The state should investigate why they can’t get enough people to receive the vaccine quickly enough.”
According to its website, the provider is “a multi-specialty center that provides services such as primary care, internal medicine, dermatology, physical therapy, and pediatrics; helping our patients maintain optimal health and prevent potential diseases.
This is the first vaccine fraud case in the New York area since the distribution began on December 15.
It is not clear what punishment Parcare will face if convicted of fraud.
Moderna has been contacted for comment, but has not yet responded.
As of last Wednesday, this is the last update. As of now, 89,000 New Yorkers have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a statement, 22,000 doses were taken in 90 nursing home facilities.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that New York State is “vaccinating New Yorkers as soon as possible.”
As of Sunday, New York State has more than 914,500 COVID-19 cases and more than 29,300 deaths.
Across the country, 18.9 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus and 331,900 people have died.