NY Healthcare Supplier Accused of Taking Doses of Vaccine for Public Distribution – NBC New York
The doses of the coronavirus vaccine may have been mistakenly received and distributed in parts of New York, the state’s top doctor said on Saturday.
Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner for the state Department of Health, said his office had received reports that the Parcare Community Health Network had “fraudulently” obtained the vaccine and transferred it to “facilities in other parts of the state.”
The vaccine doses, allegedly diverted for “members of the public” bypass the state’s plan to vaccinate frontline health professionals and residents of long-term care facilities, Zucker said.
The Parcare Community Health Network – identified by the state as a provider in Orange County – serves offices in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
It wasn’t immediately clear how much vaccine was suspected of skipping frontline healthcare workers and whether it was the Pfizer / BioTech or Moderna vaccine. The DOH said they would not find out about Dr. Utter Zucker’s Saturday declaration.
“We take this very seriously and DOH will assist the state police in a criminal investigation into the matter. Anyone who knowingly participated in this program will be held accountable to the full extent of the law,” Zucker said in a press release on Saturday.
In late October, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a partnership with Parcare to increase the availability of rapid tests at multiple locations in Borough Park and Williamsburg.
Parcare representatives did not immediately respond to News 4’s request for comment.