New York Gov. Cuomo paused from receiving his COVID Emmy to issue an Executive Order that will punish any health care providers that disregards the states COVID-19 vaccine protocols.
Under the notion of preventing fraud, the new order declares that states providers who give the vaccine to individuals outside of the phase protocol will face fines up to $1 million and have all state licenses revoked, WETM reported.
Cuomo also made certification of vaccine recipients an obligatory part of the COVID vaccination process.
Or, in other words, more red tape in an already complicated process expected to take months to complete.
If you wanted to make sure that rapidly expiring vaccines distributed in 10-dose vials end up in the trash, this is how you’d do it pic.twitter.com/kBt5JqDmlD
— Mason 🏃♂️✂️𐃏 (@webdevMason) January 2, 2021
The order came after ParCare Community Health Network allegedly administered the vaccine on a “first come, first served” basis promoted on Facebook, according to the NBC affiliate.
Typical of Democrats, Cuomo has a social justice angle in the vaccine administration effort, requiring all plans “be based on a fair and equitable strategy which focuses on communities with lower vaccination rates and poorer health outcomes.”
“COVID has exposed many of the existing injustices in our society, most notably that racism is, without a doubt, a public health crisis,” the governor said in a release. “Case and point — data has continued to show that despite higher infection and death rates in the Black and Latino communities, testing has remained more widely available in white communities.”
“I refuse to let race or income determine who lives and who dies in New York and I mean it,” he added. “That’s why as we work to break down barriers and ensure vaccine access for all, I will not take the vaccine until it is available for my age group in Black, Hispanic, and poor communities around the state.”
Beyond that, the state’s prioritization requirements are seen here:
Phase 2 was to get underway the first week of January and includes first responders, like police and firefighters; teachers and other educational staff conducting in-person instruction; child-care providers; and public health employees.
Essential frontline workers, to include grocery store employees, pharmacists and transit staff are also in this group, as are other long-term care residents.
There’s also the claim that Cuomo, who has been engaged in a long pandemic-related battle with Orthodox Jews, had a certain demographic in mind when issuing his new executive order:
It’s a direct response to this story (because they’re Orthodox Jewish clinics) pic.twitter.com/AIhP0h5Tkx
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) January 3, 2021
Turns out, Cuomo may not be the only Democrat leaning on health care providers.
California Gov. Gavin Newson is reportedly also leveling threats if the administration of the vaccine does not follow established prioritization requirements.
Not to be outdone, California gov Gavin Newsom tells providers that if they give an elderly friend, teacher or emergency worker that vaccine before they’re supposed to, he’ll yank their license AND trash their reputation.
Letting the miracle drug expire on the shelf remains A-OK pic.twitter.com/wV0uFgBkz3
— Mason 🏃♂️✂️𐃏 (@webdevMason) January 3, 2021
Here’s a sampling of additional responses to the story from Twitter:
Reminder that this guy is somehow getting a gd COVID Emmy pic.twitter.com/GRkQMtSgLw
— Mason 🏃♂️✂️𐃏 (@webdevMason) January 3, 2021
Cuomo: if you vaccinate a single person not on the approved list, we will fine you $1,000,000
Cuomo: and if you have any vaccines left over, we will also fine you
Hospitals: … https://t.co/CayK037Zeg
— Aditya Mukerjee, the Otterrific 🦦 🏳️🌈 (@chimeracoder) January 4, 2021
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Cuomo is issuing fines if vaccines are administered to the wrong people, and issuing fines if they aren’t administered at all. pic.twitter.com/2jdrxYwttN
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) January 4, 2021
Israel: Vaccinate medical workers and ppl aged 60+ first, but don’t waste leftover vaccines
Cuomo: Throw those leftover vaccines away or pay a million dollar fine pic.twitter.com/dYXxJFlYsY
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) January 3, 2021
In Cuomo’s America, this nurse in Israel that grabbed a pizza boy to vaccinate when a vaccine was about to expire would be fined a million dollars.https://t.co/oNS7jgHxui
— Nick Schrock (@schrockn) January 3, 2021
This is ridiculous. Just get as many people vaccinated ASAP. I’d rather some non eligible people get it than we waste vaccines.
— Yael Eidelman Hod (@HodYael) January 3, 2021
I’m in favor of prioritizing the elderly, but if it is going to be wasted, every vaccinated person is one less person that can infect the elderly.
— Jack Oatmon, Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None (@TomTraversIII) January 3, 2021
The feds, who supplied the vaccines, need to fine Cuomo $10K for every unused dose that has to be discarded based on his lame-brained rules.
— goroke (@goroke_mi) January 4, 2021
Dude’s seriously transparent 😒
— Your Highness Chrispy (@candyisyummy333) January 3, 2021