Westchester County, state probing claims that pharmacy charged for COVID-19 vaccine

News 12 confirmed the state and Westchester County are investigating allegations that people were charged to get a COVID-19 vaccine at an area pharmacy.

News 12 Staff

Apr 9, 2021, 12:33 AM

Updated 1,173 days ago

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News 12 confirmed the state and Westchester County are investigating allegations that people were charged to get a COVID-19 vaccine at an area pharmacy.
The vaccine is supposed to be free.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer says they've received a few reports of people paying and they were residents who are older and more vulnerable.
"It could be the totality, or it could be the tip of the iceberg, that's what we don't know, that's why we're investigating it," Latimer says.
He says people were allegedly asked to pay $20 for a vaccine at a pharmacy in the west side of the county. While he did not identify the pharmacy and location, he did say this supposedly happened at a chain pharmacy.
"If anybody has been told to provide payment, co-payment, anything of that nature, when they went to get the COVID-19 shot, that is not New York state law. What was asked of you is illegal," Latimer says.
Latimer says if victims did pay, he will make sure they are reimbursed.
Any residents who has been told to pay or has been asked for information that is not required by the state before receiving a vaccine is being asked to report it to the Westchester County Department of Health.
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