A Texas doctor has been charged with stealing 9 doses of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine whereas working at a county vaccination web site, prosecutors introduced Thursday.
Dr. Hasan Gokal, who labored with the Harris County Public Health system, is accused of stealing a vial that contained the doses from a vaccination web site in Humble on Dec. 29, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg mentioned in an announcement.
Per week later, Gokal bragged concerning the theft to a co-worker, who then complained to his supervisors, Ogg mentioned.
Gokal was later fired from his job.
Ogg mentioned Gokal stole the doses to provide them to his household and buddies, leaving those that want a shot essentially the most with out one.
“He abused his place to put his family and friends in line in entrance of people that had gone by way of the lawful course of to be there,” Ogg mentioned of Gokal. “What he did was unlawful and he’ll be held accountable below the regulation.”
Lawyer Paul Doyle defended his shopper arguing the vaccine would have expired anyway.
“Dr. Gokal is a devoted public servant who ensured that COVID-19 vaccine dosages that will have in any other case expired went into the arms of people that met the factors for receiving it,” Doyle mentioned in an announcement to KHOU11.
“Harris County would have most popular Dr. Gokal let the vaccines go to waste and are trying to disparage this man’s repute within the course of to help this coverage. We stay up for our day in courtroom to proper this fallacious,” the lawyer continued.
Gokal faces as much as a yr in jail and a $4,000 wonderful.