LYNN, Mass. — 25 Investigates has obtained a written complaint filed against a former Lynn Stop & Shop pharmacist accused of forging covid vaccine cards.
The complaint confirms what an anonymous source told Investigative reporter Ted Daniel earlier this month.
25 Investigates received a copy of the complaint through a public records request filed with the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Pharmacy Board. According to the document, an attorney for Stop & Shop notified the board’s Executive Director that a “pharmacist was terminated because he processed vaccine prescriptions for administration that were never administered” at the Stop & Shop store on Washington St. in Lynn.
A source told 25 Investigates dozens of vaccine cards were issued to people who never received shots or even filled out consent forms. According to the complaint, names of unvaccinated people were also entered into the state’s COVID vaccine database.
The complaint identifies the pharmacist as Domenic Potenzone, from Swampscott. He received a license to practice pharmacy in 1999. His license is currently active and in good standing according to the Massachusetts Health Professions License Verification Site.
25 Investigates was unable to reach Potenzone for comment. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the investigation is ongoing.
Stop and Shop provided 25 Investigates with this statement:
“Stop & Shop was proud to be among the first pharmacies in the country to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to administer COVID-19 vaccines in our communities. Our pharmacies have robust procedures and controls in place, which is how we were able to identify an isolated incident involving the actions of one pharmacy associate. We have reported the individual’s actions to appropriate authorities, and the associate is no longer employed by the company.”
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