What Should Happen to the Doc Who Gave Expiring COVID Shots?

April 21, 2021

A Texas doctor could still face legal action for giving vaccine doses to people outside the vaccination event he was leading in December 2020 as the doses were about to expire.

Emergency medicine physician Hasan Gokal, MD, was fired from his public health job after he administered the shots on December 29. His case has since received international attention after local authorities charged him with stealing a vaccine vial and the state medical board started an investigation.

The Texas Medical Board dropped its investigation in March after finding insufficient evidence that Gokal violated the Medical Practice Act. A judge dismissed the original criminal charge brought by the county district attorney, but authorities continue to pursue a criminal indictment from a grand jury against Gokal.


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