JTA — When David first saw an ad on the Whatsapp group in his local Long Island community, he asked people like him and his 65-year-old wife to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, which he doubted. The ad links to a non-descriptive Google form that requires him to answer some questions and submit insurance information.
“At this point, I feel suspicious. Is this an attempt to steal my identity? A scam?” He said in an email that he shared his experience with the Jewish Telegraph.
However, after conducting some research, he discovered that the provider of the form, the ParCare Community Health Network, is well known and has signed a contract with the New York City Health Department to test the Orthodox Jewish community for coronavirus.
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A few days after submitting the information, David and his wife went to ParCare. On December 24, the couple (not medical staff) drove to one of the facilities on the network and received a message that they had been told they were carrying the coronavirus vaccine and requested a second dose follow-up in January.
It is not yet known whether and how David received a second dose to maximize the effectiveness of the Moderna vaccine he received. This is because a few days after the vaccination, New York State announced a criminal investigation into ParCare, accusing the company’s Brooklyn healthcare provider of fraudulently obtaining the vaccine and distributing it to the public, which appears to be against China The first investigation of potential vaccine fraud. United States.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement announcing the investigation on Saturday: “Anyone found to have deliberately participated in the program will be held liable.”
ParCare representatives said on Sunday that the network had “proactively” returned its vaccine supplies to cooperate with the state health department.
ParCare said in a statement: “We will work with the state government to ensure that a second dose is provided to patients.” “We will do everything we can to ensure that the country understands our patients is our top priority and everyone responds accordingly. To receive the second dose.”
State officials did not answer questions on Sunday about how they plan to deal with people who received the second dose of vaccine from ParCare. Moderna’s clinical trials found that the single-dose effective rate was 80% to 90%, while the two-dose vaccine was 94%.
David asked for an alias because he was worried about repercussions on his own experience. He said that due to the investigation of ParCare, he was worried that he would have to take it a second time and felt anxious. He issued a petition on behalf of other patients who received the first dose of the vaccine: “Please don’t let them get into trouble and authorize them to carry out follow-up injections.”
It is not clear how many people are in David’s position. Yiddish news agency BoroPark24 reported on December 21 that ParCare has received 3,500 doses of Moderna vaccine and will vaccinate 500 people on the same day.
A representative of the network told JTA that the vaccine had been correctly obtained and shared the packing list and an email from the state health department, which indicated that 2,300 doses of vaccine had been delivered to ParCare in Monroe, New York, including Kiryas Joel in Hasidic Village.
But it is clear that ParCare vaccinators include prominent Orthodox leaders. The chief teachers of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Mordechai Willig, were vaccinated at ParCare last week, and the network posted a video about their vaccinations on Twitter. Neither Schachter, 79, nor Willig, 73, are first-line health care workers or residents or workers in nursing homes. Both categories are currently vaccinated.
On Sunday night, Schacht, who was an outspoken leader who urged compliance with pandemic guidelines, said he had been told that his vaccination had exceeded the requirements.
He said: “If any of us were told that it was inappropriate and that it was illegal, then we would not do it.”
ParCare advertises that it will provide vaccines to people over 65 years of age with existing health conditions. But a doctor in Manhattan said he has reason to believe that young people have been vaccinated.
Family doctor Dr. Mark Horowitz said that he saw a 36-year-old patient last week. Although he was not in the state the day before, he received the COVID-19 vaccine in Brooklyn the day before. Vaccination standards. Horowitz tweeted about the patient three days before the state announced an investigation into ParCare.
Horowitz said that he found ParCare’s alleged misconduct “morally offensive”, especially because he said he saw patients with COVID-19 but had not yet received the vaccine.
He said: “I have little sympathy for people who jumper, but I think the greater responsibility should be attributed to the agency’s operator.”
That is the person that state investigators seem to be examining. The CDC vaccination program provider agreement that New York requires private practice must tell participants to “administer the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with all applicable state and territorial vaccination laws.” Violation of the agreement may result in the suspension or termination of the program and federal criminal and civil penalties.
Gary Schlesinger, a well-known Hasidic businessman who owns the ParCare network, shared his vaccinated photos on Twitter late last week. After the state announced the investigation, he deleted his position.
David, who was vaccinated at ParCare, said he thinks ParCare will distribute the vaccine as soon as possible because of the high COVID-19 infection rate in the Orthodox community. Both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo called on people to be aware of community failures and comply with regulations designed to curb the spread of the disease.
The city has been working with ParCare to work together to manage the pandemic. In October, NYC Test & Trace Corps, a contact tracking department in New York City, announced that it would expand the provider’s COVID-19 testing capabilities and provide more resources and supplies.
However, although Orthodox Brooklyn has experienced some major pandemic outbreaks in the United States, the community with the largest number of Orthodox Jews is not on the list of the most severe pandemic areas in the city. de Blasio said last week that this list will determine where to send the vaccine to the general public once the vaccine is started.
Dr. Aaron Glatt, the head of infectious diseases in South Nassau, Mount Sinai, Long Island, and the hospital epidemiologist Dr. Aaron Glatt, and the assistant to the Young Israel of Woodmere in the large Orthodox synagogue Woodmere Bi declined to comment on the ParCare investigation. But he said that he, like other medical experts, has no choice but to follow the state allocation schedule.
He also said that since the first federal approval earlier this month, he himself has conducted many inquiries about the availability of the vaccine.
Glatt said: “People are very anxious, very excited and very interested in taking this vaccine.” “I think the only concern at the moment is’how do I get the vaccine.'”