Senior doctors in New York State said Saturday that the dose of the coronavirus vaccine may have been wrongly obtained and distributed across New York.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said his office had received reports that the Parcare Community Health Network “fraudulently” obtained vaccines and transferred them to “facility in other parts of the state”.
Zack said the dose of the vaccine was allegedly misappropriated to the “public,” thereby bypassing the state’s plan to vaccinate frontline medical professionals and residents of long-term care facilities.
The Parcare Community Health Network-identified by the state as a health care provider in Orange County-provides services to branches in many communities in Brooklyn.
It is not clear how many vaccines are suspected of skipping front-line medical staff, whether it is Pfizer/BioTech or Moderna vaccine. The U.S. Department of Health said he would not comment except for Dr. Zucker’s statement on Saturday.
Zach said in a press release on Saturday: “We take this issue very seriously, and the Department of Health will assist the state police in a criminal investigation of this matter. Anyone found to be involved in the plan will be held liable.”
At the end of October, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a partnership with Parcare to increase the availability of rapid tests at multiple locations in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
A representative of Parcare did not immediately respond to News 4’s request for comment.