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Cuomo: Hospitals must speed up vaccine distribution, or face fines

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says public hospitals are behind on administering coronavirus vaccines, and must expedite their processes to get more people vaccinated.

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 3:58 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 11:38 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says public hospitals are behind on administering coronavirus vaccines, and are giving them until the end of the week to use their remaining inventory, or face up to $100,000 in fines.

According to Cuomo, hospitals have only administered the first dose of 46% of their allocated vaccines on average. The lowest performing hospitals have allocated less than 30% of their allocated doses so far.

"I need those public officials to step in and manage those systems. You have the allocation, we want it in people's arms as soon as possible," said Cuomo. "New York State Department of Health sent out a letter yesterday to all hospitals that said if you don't use the allocation by the end of this week, the allocation you've received, by the end of this week, you can be fined and you won't receive further allocations, we'll use other hospitals who can administer it better."

Moving forward, hospitals must administer all vaccine doses within seven days of receiving them, or Cuomo says they could risk being disqualified from future distribution.

Phase 1A of distribution, which started in December, included the following eligible populations:

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally qualified health center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

Starting Monday, Jan. 4, the following others also became eligible to get vaccinated:

  • All outpatient/ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
  • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
  • Registered Nurses
  • Specialty medical practices of all types
  • Dentists and orthodontists and their staff
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists and their staff
  • Physical Therapists and their staff
  • Optometrists and their staff
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy aides

On Monday, Jan. 11, the following can also start receiving the vaccine:

  • Home care workers
  • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Anyone looking to receive a vaccination must first complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form here.

The state has also set up an online tool to see if you're eligible to receive the vaccine, or to sign up to be notified when you become eligible.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1279811

Reported Deaths: 41587
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens1600187889
Kings1568738092
Suffolk1298042624
Nassau1160652581
Bronx1069555302
Westchester857231819
New York765463456
Erie524731390
Richmond455161388
Monroe44631780
Rockland32137817
Orange29078656
Onondaga27948535
Oneida16976352
Dutchess16963322
Albany16521260
Niagara12229248
Broome11255260
Saratoga937583
Schenectady8770128
Ulster7822196
Rensselaer6965106
Putnam657675
Chautauqua566064
Chemung5643108
Oswego496169
Ontario477082
Steuben4632131
Cayuga447471
Sullivan388749
Wayne372254
Genesee3689100
St. Lawrence368563
Herkimer368259
Cattaraugus342761
Jefferson327224
Madison317376
Livingston273742
Tompkins270724
Cortland266854
Columbia252472
Allegany237575
Montgomery226575
Tioga222854
Wyoming221244
Clinton220918
Fulton214053
Warren211942
Greene207860
Orleans194569
Chenango179544
Otsego173823
Washington154224
Lewis154024
Seneca123946
Franklin11649
Delaware102923
Essex98819
Schoharie9145
Yates83519
Schuyler72410
Hamilton1471
Unassigned53122
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