After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “had stuck to rigid guidelines that prioritized health care workers, and residents and staff of nursing homes and group homes,” as The New York Times reported on Friday, medical providers were throwing unused vaccines in the trash.
“Across New York State, medical providers in recent weeks had the same story: They had been forced to throw out precious vaccine doses because of difficulties finding patients who matched precisely with the state’s strict vaccination guidelines — and the steep penalties they would face had they made a mistake,” The New York Times reported on Sunday.
On Saturday, the same day 151 New Yorkers died from COVID-19, state health officials modified the guidelines, altering them so medical providers could offer the vaccine to an employee who had contacted a member of the public — but there would have to be extra doses available and the “priority population” would still take precedence.
Cuomo has been backtracking on