COVID-19 Vaccination Information (01/04/2021)

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(Courtesy of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

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Planning for Vaccination of General Public (courtesy of Gov. Cuomo's 1/4/21 press release)

 

As the state moves closer to the vaccination of the general public, a number of special efforts are now underway to ensure resources are in place to facilitate widespread vaccination, especially in underserved communities. First, the state will establish a number of pop-up vaccination centers to facilitate public vaccinations, similar to the state-run mobile testing centers which were established in the spring. The state is also identifying public facilities and convention centers to also be used as vaccination centers, and is recruiting retired nurses, doctors and pharmacists to support vaccine administrations.

 

A main focus of these efforts will also be focused on ensuring vaccine access in underserved communities and health care deserts. The state is already in the process of building Community Vaccination Kits to support these efforts and will work with public housing officials, churches and community centers to identify the most appropriate locations for kit deployments.

 

Each kit includes step-by-step instructions for how to set up a site, and critical supplies and equipment such as:

  • Office Supplies

  • Workstation Equipment

  • Communications Equipment

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Lighting Equipment

  • PPE

  • Crowd/Traffic Control Equipment

  • Vials

  • Syringes

  • Room Dividers

  • Privacy Curtains

 

Ensuring Accountability Within Vaccine Administration Process

The vaccine will only be effective if it is administered quickly and fairly across every corner of the state. To facilitate this, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a letter to vaccine providers in recent days outlining the expectations which have been placed on providers to ensure an expedited administration of the vaccine. This included:

  • Any provider must use the vaccine inventory currently in hand by the end of week or face a fine up to $100,000;

  • Moving forward, facilities must use all of its vaccine allotment within seven days of receipt;

  • Providers who do not comply or are found to be seriously deficient can be subject to more serious sanctions and fines, including being disqualified from future distribution.