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New York State: Doctors vaccinate ineligible, fine up to millions of dollars and revoked licenses

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Cuomo displays vaccine samples. ( Associated Press)

December 29th – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he will sign an executive order on Monday (28th) to impose a maximum of $1 million on institutions or individuals who deliberately violate the law in the coronavirus vaccine fraud case.

Revocation of license. Earlier, American media reported that a network of medical institutions in New York State was suspected of providing vaccination to individuals in violation of vaccination plans, and was under joint investigation by New York State.

According to CNN, Cuomo will sign the executive order to cover doctors, nurses, pharmacists or any licensed health care professionals. Cuomo said that because vaccines are crucial to ending the epidemic and have become a hot commodity, state police have detected many cases of vaccine fraud, involving vaccine distribution, storage and vaccination.

Cuomo said the state police are referring the case to the state attorney general’s office and is still under investigation.

Howard Zucker, the director of state health, said that according to the information currently available, some medical institutions fill in false information when submitting vaccine applications, or illegally allocate funds and store vaccines, and some medical institutions and individuals illegally implant vaccines to currently ineligible people.

Cuomo said that which medical institutions are eligible to apply for vaccines, how to distribute vaccines, and who should be vaccinated at this stage, the state health department has detailed regulations, and violators will be brought to justice; he will sign an executive order to advance those who do not qualify if any medical institution or individual violates the vaccination priorities set by the state government. Violators will face a fine of up to 1 million US dollars and revoked their licenses.

At the same time, the state government will produce a vaccination qualification certificate and issue it to the relevant personnel. Later vaccination must be presented to obtain vaccination.

ABC reported on the 27th that Orange County, New York, may violate state guidelines to provide vaccines to some disqualified institutions.

A local medical facility called ParCare earlier promoted the coronavirus vaccine on its social media, claiming that these vaccines only apply to “older people”, “high risk” or “basic diseases” can be provided to other people on a “first come, first served” basis.

After the news was exposed, the agency was jointly investigated by the state of New York. Under New York State regulations, only medical personnel, first responders and nursing home staff are currently allowed to be vaccinated against COVID-19; other populations will be vaccinated in subsequent rounds.

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