Medical providers who knowingly give someone coronavirus vaccine in violation of state-mandated priority protocol subject to $1M fine, license revocation
Last week, I reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced a disturbing set of coronavirus vaccine distribution priorities that included placing drug addicts in rehab toward the head of the line.
Cuomo’s social justice approach is in contrast with guidelines from the World Health Organization and longstanding infection control practices that prioritize vulnerable populations, such as the elderly.
However, one New York healthcare network decided to take an even more old-fashioned approach to vaccine distribution: First come, first serve.
…ParCare Community Health Network in Orange County, allegedly obtained and administered the COVID-19 vaccine on a “first come, first served” basis promoted on Facebook.
The Department of Health and State Police have been investigating the incident.
The independent-minded approach infuriated Cuomo and his team of bureaucrats. Accusing the network of “fraud,” the New York Department of Health and State Police have been investigating the network, and the case is being sent to New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
Under the banner of “fraud protection,” Cuomo also plans to issue an executive order that is sure to make vaccine distribution more complicated while creating disincentives for New York’s medical professionals to participate.
The governor indicates that the order will include fines of up to $1 million and revocation of state licenses for providers who don’t follow the state’s distribution rules.
“The executive order I’m going to sign… says a provider could be fined up to a million dollars and a revocation of all state licenses, which frankly may be more of a deterrent than the one million dollars,” he continued. “And that will apply to a provider, a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist – any licensed health care professional.”
“So, if you engage in fraud in this vaccine, we will remove your license to practice in the state of New York,” he added, while also mentioning that ParCare is “one health care provider who may have done that.”
Cuomo says he'll sign executive order Monday stating any health care professional engaging in fraud related to the COVID-19 vaccine could be fined up to $1 million and lose their state license: "This is the type of fraud that will be uncovered on the old adage, 'People talk'" pic.twitter.com/h3KV7CvGOk
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 28, 2020
Additionally, certification of vaccine recipients will now be mandatory as part of the state’s vaccination process. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker used a baseball metaphor to describe the state’s case against ParCare.
“We provided them the vaccine because they fraudulently filled out a form that said that they were a qualified health center and that was incorrect. So, that’s strike one,” he said.
“And No. 2, they moved it from one area to another area, which was inappropriate. So, that’s strike two. And then they gave it to people who were not on the priority list. So, that’s strike three.”
Many Americans are questioning the proposed penalties, assessing the potential consequences on the state’s vaccine distribution program.
Better the vaccine go to waste than the wrong people get it in the wrong order. This is Cuomo’s New York and there are rules of some kind.
— Alex Joffe (@DrAlexJoffe) January 3, 2021
The absurdity here is the people who often don’t want it are the very people in priority groups. Meanwhile the rest of us, who do want it, can’t get it.
— AmericanIndustry (@RocCityBuilt) January 3, 2021
Insulting attitude toward health care providers. Instead of thanking them, his actions threaten their license. No one wants to be treated with threats like this.
— M Roh (@MRohwins) January 3, 2021
Cuomo’s proposed “vaccine fraud” rules will make it more risky for providers to distribute the vaccines. It will also slow-down distribution efforts for the state, which means lockdowns will last longer than elsewhere in the country.
However, the “medical justice” executive order aligns with his previous decisions that led to massive nursing home deaths while portraying himself as an effective responder to the pandemic in an Emmy-winning performance.DONATE
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