Throughout New York State, the story of health care providers in recent weeks is the same: because it is difficult to find patients who fully comply with New York State’s strict vaccination guidelines, they are forced to throw away valuable vaccine doses, and if they do, They will face severe penalties for mistakes.
On Saturday, as the number of coronavirus cases continued to rise, state health officials once again suddenly relaxed their protests against abandoned vaccines.
Now, if there is an additional dose in the new medicine bottle, and there is no information that “priority people can come in before the dose is used up,” the healthcare provider can administer the vaccine to any employee who interacts with the public. The guidelines say that “clerks, cashiers, inventory workers, and delivery personnel” in a pharmacy may be eligible. California took similar measures last week.
This is the second time in two days that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s government has relaxed restrictions on who can be vaccinated in New York State. On Friday, the governor announced that medical providers can start vaccinating more basic workers, including teachers, and New Yorkers 75 and older from Monday. On the same day, the governor also expanded the types of medical professionals who can administer vaccines to include practicing nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and podiatrists.
The new, more forgiving guidelines highlight the difficulty the state has encountered in balancing the needs of susceptible populations quickly with the need to prevent fraud and preference during vaccine distribution.
Marc Molinaro, the chief executive of Dutch County in northern New York City, criticized the governor’s vaccine distribution work, saying that the new regulations are “wise.”
He said: “They are gradually getting rid of the chaos.”
A spokesperson for the state health department said the new guidelines are the culmination of a several-week process.
Spokesperson Gary C. Holmes (Gary C. Holmes) said: “This guide sets out and clarifies the issues that we have discussed with the hospital for several weeks on how to maximize the dose to ensure that the vaccine is not wasted.” “We want to not be confused and want to make sure that everyone understands these procedures.”
As the state is relaxing the vaccination parameters, the city and its partners continue to build facilities that will be vaccinated and enrich the procedures for New Yorkers to sign up for vaccination.
The union representing public school teachers said on Sunday that it has reached an agreement with health care providers to require its members to receive vaccines and will quickly compile a list of all teachers who wish to be vaccinated, giving priority to those working in schools rather than People working remotely.
The city also launched a website on Sunday that allows residents to type in their addresses to find nearby vaccination locations.
Neil Calman’s Family Health Institute had to give up unused vaccine doses. He praised the latest rule changes, although he advocated further relaxation of the regulations to allow for high-risk patients with diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Patients were vaccinated against young people under 75 years of age.
Dr. Kalman said: “We are seeing them in the office, and we seem to be shutting them out today so that we can call them within a week and say’vaccinations are now available,'”
The new guidelines talk about the challenges of implementing a mass vaccination program in a country where the healthcare system includes public and private hospitals, pharmacies and clinics. Due to the pandemic, at least one non-profit healthcare provider responsible for vaccinating marginalized people is in financial trouble.
Callen-Lorde, a medical service provider that serves LGBTQ people, is eager to expand its vaccination program and hopes to schedule appointments for all patients 75 or older by this weekend. However, due to lack of funds and nurses, its hopes for vaccinating transgender and HIV-positive patients may be hindered.
The organization’s chief medical officer, Peter Meacher, said: “So far, the largest unsolved project is that funding.”
The demand for large-scale mass vaccination campaigns has only increased because of new, more spreadable variants of the virus introduced into the country.
Last week, Mr. Cuomo announced the discovery of a new variant in Saratoga Springs. Since then, the state has found at least three cases of the strain, including one in Nassau County, which borders New York City.
New York City Councillor Mark Levine, chair of the health committee, said: “We have to assume that the British variant is in New York City, which is important in all aspects.”
On Saturday, 151 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database, New York State has received more than 1.2 million doses of vaccine. More than 400,000 New Yorkers have received their first dose of vaccine.
On Sunday, Congressman Brad Lander, representing the Brooklyn Park Slope community, visited the city’s mass vaccination site that had just opened in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in the nearby Sunset Park.
Rand said seeing the site with his own eyes made him “a little hopeful.” However, he added: “We need much more infrastructure than we do.”