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    Sunday, July 21, 2024

    Former Marlborough pediatrician surrenders license after asking nurse to give fake COVID shot

    The Connecticut Medical Examining Board voted Tuesday to allow a former Marlborough doctor accused of trying to fake his COVID vaccine in 2021 to surrender his license and avoid discipline.

    Dr. Kenneth Inchalik, who was a pediatrician at ProHealth Physicians/Marlborough Pediatrics, is accused of acting "incompetently" and "inappropriately" when he asked a nurse in 2021 to "falsely administer a COVID-19 vaccine" by drawing up the shot without giving it to him, according to a statement of charges issued by the state Department of Public Health in 2022.

    Inchalik also asked the nurse to document that he received the vaccine, the statement of charges said. He asked for the fraudulent shot so he could avoid a "vaccine mandate," DPH documents said. ProHealth Physicians filed a complaint with the DPH against Inchalik in February 2022, saying he attempted "to solicit staff" to violate policy and to "lie on his behalf," records show.

    The nurse told the DPH in a statement that she refused to participate in his scheme to avoid the vaccine mandate, the documents show.

    The medical board could have revoked his medical license or issued some other type of discipline, DPH documents said. However, the board voted Tuesday to withdraw the charges based on Inchalik's agreement with the DPH to not renew his Connecticut medical license, which had expired.

    Since he will not renew his license, the "continued prosecution of this case is unnecessary," DPH documents said.

    Inchalik agreed in a signed statement that if he moved to seek the renewal of his license in Connecticut, the allegations in the statement of charges "shall be deemed true." He also waived his right to a hearing and indicated he understood the agreement to not renew would be sent to a national database for physicians who have been disciplined.

    Inchalik now lives in New Hampshire and has retired from practicing medicine, DPH documents said. He is still licensed in New Hampshire, DPH staff attorney Aden Baume said during the meeting. Due to the reporting requirements in the database, New Hampshire medical officials will be notified that he agreed to give up his license in Connecticut because of the vaccine fraud, Baume said.

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