New York health providers who fraudulently obtain or distribute coronavirus vaccines will now risk fines of up to $ 1 million and revocation of their state licenses, Goewerneur. Andrew Cuomo gewaarsku.
His announcement comes as state police are investigating ParCare Community Health Network — which has five locations in New York City and one in Monroe – over allegations it administered doses of the vaccine in violation of state guidelines.
“We want to send a clear signal to the providers that if you violate the law on these vaccinations we will find out and you will be prosecuted,” Cuomo told reporters Monday.
The governor said he would sign an executive order “that says we are very clear… we will not tolerate any fraud in the vaccination process.”
“The executive order I’m going to sign… says a provider could be fined up to a million dollars and a revocation of all state licenses, which frankly may be more of a deterrent than the one million dollars,” gaan hy voort. “And that will apply to a provider, a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist – any licensed health care professional.”
“So, if you engage in fraud in this vaccine, we will remove your license to practice in the state of New York,” hy het bygevoeg, while also mentioning that ParCare is “one health care provider who may have done that.”
New York Health Department (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker had announced over the weekend that ParCare Community Health Network was under criminal investigation over concerns it “bedrieglik verkry het” die “coveted COVID-19 vaccine” en “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 front-line health care workers and first responders, as well as nursing home residents and staffers.
Egter, a spokesperson for ParCare told Fox News on Monday that the clinic was given contrary information by a DOH representative on Dec. 21, die dag waarop die Moderna-versending ontvang is.
“Hier was niks onwettigs nie, geen swart markte oordra nie. The company was told – over the phone – it was allowed to re-distribute the doses to other clinics in its network,” het die verteenwoordiger gesê.
A ParCare spokesperson also affirmed on Monday it has since “proaktief teruggekeer” sy bestaande inventaris van entstowwe aan die staat “pending the [gesondheid] department’s review,” diegene wat dit wel ontvang het, is verward of hulle die volle voordele sal pluk en die opvolgstoot sal ontvang. Soos dit geformuleer is, die Moderna-entstof vereis 'n boosterskoot 28 dae na die eerste een.
The spokesperson also said it has provided the documentation regarding the proper receipt of the vaccines to the NYS DOH and has vehemently denied any wrongdoing in its bid to obtain vaccine doses.
“Our record of working hand-in-hand with the city and state of New York is second-to-none. ParCare followed all NYS DOH procedures for obtaining the Moderna vaccine and was approved by NYS DOH for distribution and by CDC as a network site,” the representative said. “We are confident the end result of that review will show that ParCare at all times exerted best efforts to comply with all NYS DOH requirements and will allow us to continue to achieve our number one goal of providing these critical vaccines to the New Yorkers who need them most.”
Daar word gesê dat ParCare meer as toegedien het 850 aanvanklike skote tot op datum. Dit bly onduidelik hoeveel daarvan aan individue gegee is wat onder die huidige riglyne van die staat kwalifiseer.
Zucker told reporters Monday that “we provided them the vaccine because they fraudulently filled out a form that said that they were a qualified health center and that was incorrect,” describing it as “strike one.”
“And number two, they moved it from one area to another area, which was inappropriate. So, that’s strike two,” gaan hy voort. “And then they gave it to people who were not on the priority list. So, that was strike three.”