Texas doctor defends stealing COVID-19 vaccine doses for friends, family

Texas doctor defends stealing COVID-19 vaccine doses for friends, family


A Houston doctor who was accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccines defended giving them to friends and family — saying he was doing what his “heart tells him is the right thing.”

Dr. Hasan Gokal claimed that the 10 Moderna vaccine doses at the vaccination site in Humble would have gone unused if he didn’t take them home on Dec. 29, news station KHOU reported.

“In the event you get leftover with any vaccine, don’t waste any,” Gokal told the station.

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“Go find people who are eligible in that tier. If you can’t find any, go to the next tier. If you can’t find that, give it to anybody who’s willing and able to take it.”

Gokal said it had been the first day that the Harris County site had been open — and health officials hadn’t given him any guidance on what to do with leftover vaccines.

“On the day that this occurred that; there was no such policy

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