NY health network faces criminal investigation over unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine
(Reuters) - New York state officials said Saturday they are investigating a Brooklyn-based health care provider on suspicion of violating state guidelines for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
The ParCare Community Health Network "may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine, transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines, and circulated it to members of the public - contrary to the state's plan, to get it to first the front line of health care to administer workers as well as residents and employees of nursing homes, "State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a statement.
"We take this very seriously and DOH will assist the state police in their criminal investigation into this matter," he added.
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The ParCare Community could not be reached immediately for comment.
It posted photos of the Moderna vaccine on its Facebook page Tuesday and said its centers received the treatments that morning, five days after posting that it had been "authorized" to distribute the vaccine to people who determined it Fulfill criteria.
"A SMALL INJECTION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY!" it said.
(Reporting by Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)
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