ALBANY – New York’s Governor is increasing penalties on health care providers who intentionally disregard the state’s vaccine prioritization protocols.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will issue a new Executive Order that cracks down on providers who knowingly administer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals outside of the state’s prioritization protocols could face penalties up to $1 million, as well as revocation of all state licenses.
Additionally, certification of vaccine recipients will now be mandatory as part of the State’s vaccination process.
“Anyone who engages in fraud is going to be held accountable,” Cuomo said. “People talk, we will find out, and it’s not worth risking your license as well as a possible civil and criminal penalty.”
This action comes following reports of a provider, ParCare Community Health Network, apparently obtaining and administering the COVID-19 vaccine by flouting state guidelines.
The Governor has already directed the Department of Health and State Police to investigate the matter and the case has been referred to the office of Attorney General Letitia James.