Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened a fine for any hospital in New York that fails to use up its allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Each facility could see a fine up to $100,000 if they do not finish their first round of inoculations by the end of the week.
Roughly 300,000 of the 650,000 allocated doses have been administered as of Monday.
“This is a management issue,” Cuomo said in a Monday teleconference call with reporters. “They have to move the vaccine and they have to move the vaccine faster.”
Vaccine rollout has been slow across the entire U.S.
“This is a matter of life and death, so yes I’m impatient,” Cuomo added. He showed a list of hospitals and systems in New York that were at the top-and-bottom in terms of completion. Several local facilities ranked high on it for completion.
Finger Lakes Health, URMC, and Auburn Community Hospital were among the state’s top-performers. Rochester Regional Health was among the state’s worst performing systems.
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