State attorney general joins Parcare vaccine investigation

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ALBANY – The attorney general’s office is joining the investigation of the Parcare Health Network for allegedly securing COVID-19 vaccine and administering it to populations not yet approved to receive it.

Parcare operates facilities in Kiryas Joel, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced over the weekend that his office and the State Police were undertaking an investigation.

Now, Dr. Zucker explained the reasons for the state’s involvement.

“We provided them with the vaccine because they fraudulently filled out a form that said they were a qualified health center. That was incorrect, so that is strike one,” he said. “And number two, they moved it from one area to another area, which was inappropriate. So, that’s strike two. And then they gave it to people who weren’t on the priority list, so that’s strike three.”

And “three strikes and you’re out,” said Zucker.

On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said the AG’s office was also looking into the case and if there was any illegal activity, those who committed it could be fined $1 million and could face the loss of all their state licenses.