A health care provider in New York is under investigation after being accused of “fraudulently” obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine and distributing it to the public.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the U.S. Department of Health revealed that they have received reports that the Parcare Community Health Network in Orange County violated New York’s provision of frontline medical staff, first of all nursing home residents and staff who administer vaccines. plan.
The statement said that the network “may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine, violating state guidelines, transferring it to facilities in other parts of the state, and transferring it to the public”.
Parcare has posted images of receiving hundreds of doses of the Moderna vaccine on its center’s social media, claiming that although they are not officially listed, they have been authorized by the state.
The picture shows the state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zack revealed on Saturday that it is investigating the Parcare community health network in Orange County for allegedly obtaining up to 2,800 doses of Moderna vaccine through fraud.
This will be the first vaccine fraud case in New York since its implementation on December 15. The picture shows a nurse preparing a COVID-19 Moderna vaccine for a worker in NYFD.
On December 21st, Parcare released pictures of their Moderna vaccine shipment
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said: “We take this issue very seriously, and the Department 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.”
The Parcare network in Brooklyn, Orange County and Manhattan is not among the facilities listed as the National Vaccination Center.
However, they posted on a Facebook page linked to a location in Brooklyn on December 16 that they “have been authorized to distribute #CovidVaccine to people who meet certain conditions.”
They urge patients to register for vaccines if they are considered high-risk or have underlying health conditions.
On December 21, they released another update stating that they had just arrived at their center and received thousands of doses of vaccine.
One injection can bring changes to the entire community! They wrote that our @ParCare Center received thousands of #COVID19 #Moderna# vaccines this morning.
“Thank you @UPS and our dedicated employees. They woke up as soon as possible and received this life-saving life-saving product #healthcareheroes.”
BoroPark24 reported that the network’s location in Borough Park had received 600 Moderna vaccines that morning, while the remaining 2,800 doses were sent to four other locations.
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
Parcare shared this picture to the Facebook of their Moderna vaccine shipment
Gary Schlesinger, ParCare CEO and President, told the publication: “Hundreds of patients have been vaccinated today, and there are still people coming in.” They also hope to give 500 people on the first day. vaccination.
Schlesinger said: “You must be on the list.” “Once you are on the list, we must review to make sure that you are a medical worker, over 60 years old, or have an underlying disease.
“We will not vaccinate people who are not eligible for the first batch of vaccines.”
He also claimed that although there is no designated distributor, the center will continue to receive more doses of the vaccine.
He said: “Hopefully in a week or two, we will have enough power to provide more people, but this is the case now.” He claimed to the publication that they could get the dose because their square footage is larger than other clinics. .
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.
View of Parcare Health and Medical Center in Monroe, Orange County.The network also has vaccination locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan
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.”
He added: “But it is a long-term effort to achieve the level of immunity we need.”
New Yorkers should be commended for reducing the infection rate in the state from the highest in the country to the lowest. Now we need to continue to do this work well.
Cuomo said: “We will eventually win the battle against COVID-19, but New Yorkers still have a long way to go.”
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New York Senator Chuck Schumer said Thursday that New York’s revitalization plan will receive approximately $800 million in addition to funds provided to New York City to help ensure care for the coronavirus vaccine and other coronaviruses. Work can proceed.
Schumer said: “We want to ensure that the greatest protection against the coronavirus vaccine is barrier-free access for New Yorkers.”
“Part of the way we do this is to ensure that vaccines are freely available in New York, we are focusing on the federal funds we just received in the COVID Relief Act that we just voted on later [Tuesday] late.
“The entire community in Upstate will get a sizable share of more than $775 million to do these things. I am here to say that this money is on the way and tell people what will happen next locally as the distribution increases. “
10,806 new COVID-19 cases were reported in New York on Saturday, and the state’s positive rate remained at 5.36%.
The death toll is 122 and the death toll is 29,396.
Last Saturday, a total of 6,884 people in New York were hospitalized for COVID-19, of which 1,129 were in the ICU.
Nationwide, 18.8 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus and 331,116 people have died.