State sets $1 million fine for vaccine fraud

State sets $1 million fine for vaccine fraud

Investigators say some of the doses, meant for health care workers and the elderly, may have went to the general public.

ParCare Community Health Network is recognized by the state as a supplier in Orange County. "But that's on the percent of hospitalized positivity", Cuomo said.

Cuomo stated this response after reports that the health network, which has four facilities in Brooklyn, fraudulently obtained the Moderna vaccine.

The ParCare Community Health Network came under the public microscope over the weekend after New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released a statement disclosing that the company "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".

"We are very serious about this", he said.

The responsible health organization, individual employees and patients who knowingly received a fraudulent vaccine could each face charges.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) declared a major crackdown on vaccine fraud.

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"You have many people who want the vaccine and you'll have fraud in the vaccine process", the governor said.

NY state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says the state was misled and ParCare Community Health Network was not qualified to receive the doses.

Parcare is the only health provider in the state under investigation for deceitful vaccine distribution.

"There are two sides to the investigation, including the public health side, and we will always do what's best for public health", Zucker said. "That was incorrect, so that is strike one", he said.

The Buffalo Bills and New York State are continuing to work on a plan to allow fans in the stadium this January for playoff football.

"The vaccine is a valuable commodity", Cuomo said during a virtual news conference in Albany.

NY is expected to receive 259,000 more vaccine dosages this week, with 139,400 from Pfizer and about 119,000 from Moderna.

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