After unused vaccines are thrown in trash, Cuomo loosens rules

In New York, medical providers have said strict rules and penalties over who they can vaccinate against COVID-19 are forcing them to dispose of vaccine doses when they cannot find eligible people. On Saturday, state health officials responded to the matter of discarded vaccines by easing guidelines.

In New York, medical providers have said strict rules and penalties over who they can vaccinate against COVID-19 are forcing them to dispose of vaccine doses when they cannot find eligible people. On Saturday, state health officials responded to the matter of discarded vaccines by easing guidelines. Medical providers there can now administer the vaccine to any of their employees who interact with the public if there are surplus doses in a vial and no one from "the priority population can come in before the doses expire." As a result, a pharmacy's "store clerks, cashiers, stock workers, and delivery staff" could qualify, according to the guidelines. On Friday, the governor said medical providers could vaccinate a wider range of essential workers, including teachers, as well as people aged 75 years and older starting as early as Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also revised the types of medical professionals that can administer vaccines to include licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and podiatrists. Meanwhile, New York City unveiled a website on Sunday that allows residents to type in their addresses to find nearby vaccination sites.