A Texas specialist has been accused of taking nine dosages of the pined for COVID-19 vaccine while working at a region vaccination site, investigators declared Thursday.
Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked with the Harris County Public Health system, is blamed for taking a vial that contained the portions from a vaccination site in Humble on Dec. 29, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in an explanation.
After seven days, Gokal boasted about the burglary to a colleague, who at that point grumbled to his bosses, Ogg said.
Gokal was later terminated from his work.
Ogg said Gokal took the portions to offer them to his loved ones, leaving the individuals who need a shot the most without one.
“He manhandled his situation to put his loved ones in line before individuals who had experienced the legal cycle to be there,” Ogg said of Gokal. “What he did was unlawful and he’ll be considered responsible under the law.”
Legal advisor Paul Doyle protected his customer contending the vaccine would have terminated in any case.
“Dr. Gokal is a committed public worker who guaranteed that COVID-19 vaccine doses that would have in any case terminated went into the arms of individuals who met the rules for getting it,” Doyle said in an explanation to KHOU11.
“Harris County would have favored Dr. Gokal let the vaccines go to squander and are endeavoring to trash this present man’s standing in the process to help this arrangement. We anticipate our day in court to right this wrong,” the attorney proceeded.
Gokal faces as long as a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.