PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s health commissioner is addressing a claim that Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO allegedly took home vaccine doses from a mass vaccination clinic. Katrina Lipinsky, who says she is a registered nurse and volunteered for the clinic over the weekend, posted on Twitter that Andrei Doroshin, the CEO for Philly Fighting COVID, “took home a ziplock bag-full of vaccines.”
“Stuffed them in his bag and left with them,” Lipinsky claimed.READ MORE: Frustrated Over Gun Violence, West Philadelphia Neighbors Create Watch Group
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley called the alleged report “disturbing” after the city terminated its relationship with the organization after it changed its status from nonprofit to for-profit.
“I saw earlier today a claim in a tweet that the organization might have diverted some doses. If that’s true, that’s very disturbing, they shouldn’t do that,” Dr. Farley said during Tuesday’s press conference. “As you know, we’ve stopped our relationship with this organization. But we’re going to try to do what we can to find out if there were any missing doses and, as I said, we will not be working with that organization in the future.”
Lipinsky tweeted that she told the group’s medical staff chief about the incident, but the alleged response was the Philadelphia Health Department “supports that so we don’t waste vaccines.”
“While I vaccinated folks I’d ask them what they did for work. I vaccinated many, many people who did not fall into 1a or 1b categories. That’s when I started to realize it was a disaster of an operation. PFC gave it’s own volunteers BS answers when questioned on these problems,” Lipinsky tweeted.
While I vaccinated folks I'd ask them what they did for work. I vaccinated many, many people who did not fall into 1a or 1b categories. That's when I started to realize it was a disaster of an operation. PFC gave it's own volunteers BS answers when questioned on these problems.
— Katrina Lipinsky (@Katweeta) January 26, 2021
Dr. Farley reassured residents that those who got their first vaccination through Philly Fighting COVID will still get their second dose on time.
“We will assure that everybody who got their first dose through Philly Fighting COVID gets their second dose,” the health commissioner said.READ MORE: Wayne Restaurant Owners Receive Anti-Semitic Comments, Threats For Requiring Customers To Show Proof Of Vaccination
Official Statement from Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO – Andrei Doroshin pic.twitter.com/77djD4ETjM
— Philly Fighting COVID (@PhillyFighting) January 26, 2021
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