The New York Health Network is facing a criminal investigation into the COVID-19 vaccine

File photo: A woman holds a small bottle with a “COVID-19 vaccine” label and a medical syringe in front of the US flag shown in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / File Photo

(Reuters) – Health officials in New York state said on Saturday that they are investigating a Brooklyn-based healthcare provider on suspicion of violating state guidelines for distributing the Covid-19 vaccine.

ParCare’s Community Health Network “may have fraudulently obtained the COVID-19 vaccine, transferred it to facilities in other parts of the state in violation of state guidelines and transferred it to members of the public – in contrast to the state’s plan to administer it first to frontline healthcare,” the state health commissioner said Howard Zucker said in a statement that workers, as well as nursing home residents and employees.

He added, “We take this matter very seriously, and the Ministry of Health will assist the state police in the criminal investigation of this matter.”

ParCare said it is cooperating with state authorities. The company said in a statement that it strives “to provide critical healthcare services and administer COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible to receive them under New York State Health Department guidelines, which include health care workers on the front lines and first responders.”

And on its Facebook page, Tuesday, it published photos of the moderna vaccine, saying that its centers received treatments that morning, five days after it was published that it was “authorized to distribute” the vaccine to people who meet certain criteria.

“A small injection can make a difference in the entire community!” He Said.

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