Vaccination efforts continue across the state, with eligibility expanding this week to all frontline public health workers including EMS crews and those who administer COVID tests or handle lab specimens.
Soon, it will also include home care, hospice, and any other assisted living personnel who have not yet received their first dose (full eligibility list here).
Many area hospitals are nearly done with their initial rounds, including Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.
GCMC officials report they’re about 60% through the first leg of the process and plan to finish by the end of the week.
Cayuga Medical Center is also running its own vaccination clinic.
Governor Cuomo said the state is also ensuring resources to facilitate the eventual widespread vaccination of the public, especially in underserved communities.
That still isn’t expected to begin for several months.
Pressure is being put on hospitals to administer their vaccines promptly. According to the governor:
- Any provider must use the vaccine inventory currently in hand by the end of week or face a fine up to $100,000.
- Moving forward, facilities must use all of its vaccine allotment within seven days of receipt.
- Providers who do not comply or are found to be seriously deficient can be subject to more serious sanctions and fines, including being disqualified from future distribution.