HOUSTON: A grand jury on Wednesday (Jun 30) declined to indict a former Houston-area health department doctor who was accused of stealing nine doses of COVID-19 vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends.
Prosecutors had alleged that Dr Hasan Gokal, who worked for Harris County Public Health, stole a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine while working at a vaccination site at a suburban Houston park on Dec 29.
His attorney said Gokal was only trying to save lives by using doses that would have been thrown away.
But grand jurors in Harris County, where Houston is located, decided no criminal charges were warranted. The grand jury’s decision comes after a judge in January dismissed a theft charge prosecutors had filed against Gokal.