(WIVB)– New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced today that Parcare Community Health Network in Orange County, New York may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Zucker says the Department of Health has received reports that Parcare might have transferred the vaccine to “facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines and diverted it to members of the public.” He says this is not aligned with the NYS plans to first administer the vaccine to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents.
“We take this very seriously and DOH will be assisting State Police in a criminal investigation into this matter. Anyone found to have knowingly participated in this scheme will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Health Commissioner