Jeanette Breen, owner of Baldwin Midwifery on Long Island, has been fined $300,000 for violating the New York State immunization registry law. The New York State Department of Health found that she provided false immunization records for approximately 1,500 children, administering homeopathic pellets instead of authorized vaccines.
The affected children, spanning from July 2020 to December 2022, are currently barred from attending school until they receive the correct immunizations for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and hepatitis B.
Breen allegedly gave her patients homeopathic oral pellets, a total of 12,449 fake immunizations, which have not been approved by the FDA or CDC. State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald emphasized the serious consequences of misrepresenting or falsifying vaccine records, stating that it puts lives at risk and undermines the public health protection system.
The health department revealed that Breen initiated the use of pellets in September 2019, shortly after a new state law eliminated non-medical exemptions from school vaccine requirements. New York requires children attending all schools, including public, private, and religious schools, to receive the necessary doses of vaccines.
In response to the investigation, Breen has paid $150,000 of the $300,000 fine, with the remaining amount suspended under the condition of compliance with all other agreement requirements. She is permanently prohibited from administering immunizations reported to the state and accessing the state’s immunization records system.
Despite the penalty, Breen’s attorney, David Eskew, emphasized her long history of providing excellent midwifery services. He stated that she is a private person and wishes to move on with her life.
The case underscores the importance of maintaining the integrity of immunization records and the severe consequences for healthcare professionals who engage in fraudulent practices that compromise public health and safety.