A New York-based healthcare provider is under investigation for ‘fraudulently’ distributing Covid-19 vaccines to the public.
In a statement released Saturday, the state health department said it had received information that the Orange County-based Parker Community Health Network had terminated a plan to first make the New York vaccine available to leading health care workers, nursing home residents, and staff.
The network ‘may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine and diverted it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines,’ the report said.
Parker posted hundreds of images of the Morgana vaccine on social media at their centers and said they were approved by the government, although not officially listed.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Saturday allegedly received up to 2,800 doses of the modern vaccine through the Parker Community Health Network scam in Orange County.
This is the first case of vaccine fraud in New York on December 15. Picture, a nurse making the COVID-19 moderna vaccine for a NYFD worker
On December 21, Parker released a picture of their modern vaccine ship
“We take this very seriously and the DOH will assist the state police in the criminal investigation into this matter,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
“Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held liable to the full extent of the law,” he added.
The Parker Network, based in Brooklyn, Orange County and Manhattan, does not have the facilities listed as a government-designated vaccination center.
However, on a Facebook page linked to its Brooklyn locations, they posted on December 16 that ‘those authorized to distribute the #GovidVox’ are subject to certain conditions’.
They asked that patients be vaccinated if they were considered at high risk or had basic health conditions.
On December 21, they released another update claiming that their centers had received thousands of vaccines.
‘A small injection can make a difference to the whole community! Our arcare centers received thousands of # COVID19 #Moderna #vaccines this morning, ”they wrote.
‘Thanks to எழுந்தUPS and our dedicated staff who got up early to get the life-saving ship #Healthcare Heroes.’
Boroburg 24 The network’s Borough Park location said it received 600 moderna vaccines that morning, while the rest of their 2,800 doses were sent to their other four locations.
On December 16, Parker posted, ‘Authorized to distribute #covidvaccine to those subject to certain conditions’ but not officially listed
Parker shared this picture on Facebook of their export of the Moderna vaccine
‘Hundreds of patients have already been vaccinated and people are still coming in,’ Parker’s CEO and chairman Gary Shelsinger told the publication that they hope to vaccinate 500 people on that first day.
‘You have to be on that list,’ Shelsinger said. ‘Once you join the list, we need to monitor to make sure you are a health worker, over the age of 60, or have basic conditions.
‘We will not vaccinate those who do not qualify for these first batch shots.’
He added that the center will continue to receive high doses of the vaccine, even if it is not a dedicated distributor.
‘In a week or two more, we’ll be able to give more people, but that’s it for now,’ he said of the release, and they were able to get the sizes because they are bigger in square footage than other clinics.
According to its website, the provider’s many specialized centers providing services such as primary care, inpatient medicine, dermatology, physical therapy and pediatrics; Helps to maintain optimal health of our patients and prevent possible diseases’.
This is a case of fraud related to vaccine release in New York since distribution began on December 15th.
It is not clear what fines Parker could face if convicted of fraud.
Moderna was contacted for comment, but has not yet responded.
View of Parker Health & Medical Center in Monroe, Orange County. This network has locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan that have been vaccinated
As of Wednesday, when the last update was issued, 89,000 New Yorkers have now received their first COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a report, 22,000 doses were administered at 90 nursing home facilities.
On Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would “vaccinate New Yorkers as soon as possible.”
“But achieving the immunity we need is a long-term endeavor,” he added.
‘The New Yorkers brought the state’s infection rate from the highest point in the country to the lowest level, for which they should be commended. Now we must continue to do good work.
“We will eventually win the war with COVID-19, but the New Yorkers are on a long journey,” Guomo said.
‘Holidays are a time to celebrate and reflect, but if it reduces our security it brings with it the potential for increased spread. During this holiday season, it’s important for New Yorkers to be smart, wash their hands, wear masks and socialize. ‘
On Thursday, New York Senator Chuck Schumer said he would receive about $ 800 million separately from funds provided to New York City to help ensure that the corona virus vaccine and other corona virus maintenance efforts are available.
“The biggest thing we want to confirm about the corona virus vaccine is that there are no global access-restrictions for New Yorkers,” Schumer said.
‘Part of the way we do that, and to ensure that a free vaccine is available here in New York, the centers of federal funding that we defended in the COVID relief bill were late voting [Tuesday] Night.
‘Communities across the upstate will get more than 75 775 million shares to do these things, and I’m here to tell you what’s coming next for the locals as the money is coming in and going fast with the distribution. . ‘
10,806 new COVID-19 cases were reported in New York on Saturday because the state has a positive rate of 5.36 percent.
There were 122 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 29,396.
As of Saturday, 6,884 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York, 1,129 of them in the ICU.
Nationwide, 18.8 million Americans are infected with the corona virus and 331,116 have died.