Houston News : Charges dropped against Houston doctor accused of stealing vaccine


The case, which was brought against Dr. Hasan Gokal on Thursday, was dismissed Monday because it lacked probable cause.

Gokal’s attorney told the Houston Chronicle that the doctor was supervising a vaccination site at Humble’s Lyndsay Lyons Park on Dec. 29 where there was a leftover vial of vaccine at the end of the day. Because the vial had been opened, it would go bad after six hours, so Gokal attempted to use it to vaccinate health workers and police on site, but all declined or already had been vaccinated.

Gokal’s attorney says the doctor called a supervisor who didn’t know of any available patients, so Gokal administered doses to eligible patients off-site and gave the final dose to his wife shortly before the vaccine would expire. Gokal followed protocol by entering the recipients into the state’s database, but he was fired Jan. 8 for violating policy by taking the vial away from the vaccination site.

Gokal’s attorney said the doctor plans to sue for wrongful termination.

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Source : chron.com