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Cuomo vows to punish docs
who misappropriate vaccine
BY MARK HALLUM
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced
new penalties in the
hope of reining in possible vaccination
fraud on Monday. Such fraud
is suspected by Parcare Community
Health Network, which allegedly received
the vaccine and distributed it
to regions and individuals who were
not prioritized under state and federal
According to the governor, practitioners
who break this law will be subject
to a $1 million fi ne as well as having all
state licenses revoked.
“You’ll have fraud in the vaccine
process; it’s almost an inevitable
function of human nature, and of the
marketplace. Vaccines are valuable
and there’ll be people who break the
law. And we’re looking at one health
care provider who may have done that,”
Cuomo said. “That will apply to a provider,
a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist
any licensed health care professional.
So, if you engage in fraud on this vaccine,
we will remove your license to
practice in the state of New York.”
New York State Police will be leading
investigations into healthcare providers
who misrepresent how they will be
distributing the vaccine will then be in
the hands of Attorney General Letitia
“We provide them the vaccine because
they fraudulently fi lled out a
form that said that they were a qualifi
ed health center, that was incorrect,
so that was strike one, and number two,
they moved it from one area to another
area, which was inappropriate,” state
Health Commissioner Howard Zucker
said. “So that strike two, and then they
gave it to people who were not on the
priority list and so that was strike
The number of New Yorkers going in
for COVID-19 testing dropped by half
over Christmas but hospitals are still
seeing a steady stream of patients as
the statewide positivity rate has risen
to around 8.3 percent, according to
On the last Monday of 2020, Cuomo
says 368,600 vaccination doses will
have been distributed to New York
City in total by the end of the week
with urgent care facility workers and
congregate care facilities being among
the top priority of those receiving the
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