While healthcare workers across the globe are happy that there are finally vaccines available for the COVID-19 illness, a Brooklyn-based health network is in the middle of a scandal. The official guidelines regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of New York are suspected to be infringed, as the authorities claim.
ParCare Community Health Network is the provider in question, and aol.com brings us the not-so-pleasant news about the suspected violation. Howard Zucker, the state Health Commissioner, explains that the ParCare Community Health Network “may have fraudulently obtained COVID-19 vaccine, transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines and diverted it to members of the public – contrary to the state’s plan to administer it first to frontline healthcare workers, as well as nursing home residents and staffers,”
Furthermore, Zucker also added:
“We take this very seriously and DOH will be assisting State Police in criminal investigation into this matter.”
ParCare is supposedly cooperating with the state authorities
ParCare claims that it’s cooperating with the state authorities. The company also declared that it was striving “to provide critical healthcare services and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to those qualified to receive them under the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines, which includes frontline healthcare workers and first responders.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 1.9 million people living in the USA have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Those vaccinated will need two shots of the same drug with a span of at least two weeks in between. Both vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna received emergency approval in the US.
The ongoing pandemic keeps spreading in the US, as the country reported a total of over 340,000 deaths and more than 19.6 million infections. Luckily, over 11.5 million patients were recovered.