In Phase 1b, how do you prove that you are a defined essential worker in the defined categories?
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he will sign an Executive Order increasing penalties on health care providers who intentionally disregard the state’s vaccine prioritization protocols. Under the new Executive Order, providers who knowingly administer the vaccine to individuals outside of the state’s prioritization protocols may face penalties up to $1 million, as well as revocation of all state licenses. Additionally, certification of vaccine recipients will now be mandatory as part of the State’s vaccination process. This action comes following reports of a provider, ParCare Community Health Network, apparently obtaining and administering the COVID-19 vaccine by flouting state guidelines. The Governor has already directed the Department of Health and State Police to investigate the matter and the case has been referred to the office of Attorney General Letitia James.
Source: Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Increasing Penalties on Health Care Providers That Intentionally Disregard Vaccine Prioritization Protocols | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
For example, how do you prove you are a prioritized agriculture worker for phase 1b?
Think about that for a moment. Who is an agriculture worker?
Separately, California’s Governor Newsom says that health care providers will lose their license if they “skip the line” – and says it is developing a “vaccine distribution enforcement plan”.
Does agriculture worker include family that lives and works on their own farm? Or only employees? What about itinerant and migrant workers?
Does this include others you do not think of as working on a farm? For example, I have a daughter who works as consulting scientist and spends months of each year traveling to and doing research on farm fields? She is a microbiologist, cell biologist, geneticist, geologist and geochemist. Not someone that comes to mind as an agriculture worker but she is working side by side with those you would recognize as agriculture workers.
They have no plan for how this new certification requirement is going to be implemented.