5 things for Houstonians to know for Friday, Jan. 22

Harris County Public Health
Harris County Public Health (Harris County Public Health)

Here are things to know for Friday, Jan. 22:

1. Fired Harris County Health doctor accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccine, DA Kim Ogg says

A Harris County Public Health doctor is accused of stealing a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced in a press release Thursday.

Officials said Dr. Hasan Gokal stole the vial that contained nine doses while working at the county vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park in Humble on Dec. 29, 2020.

A week later, he told a fellow Harris County Public Health employee, who then reported him to supervisors.

According to Harris County Public Health, the mishandling of the vaccine could result in the loss of government funding for the county, which sparked an investigation into the accusation.

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2. Harris Health System canceling COVID vaccination appointments due to short supply