Saturday evening, Governor Cuomo’s office posted Executive Order 202.91, his ninety-fourth Executive Order during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Executive Order 202.91 dated January 23, 2021, continues the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, unless superseded, modified or otherwise expired, made by Executive Order 202 and each successor Executive Order to 202 for thirty days until February 22, 2021. In addition, Executive Order 202.91 issues two new directives, both designed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 202.91 is effective from January 23, 2021 through February 22, 2021. A copy of Executive Order 202.91 can be found here.
How the COVID-19 vaccine should be allocated in New York
- Local health departments and county governments receive allocation for and must prioritize essential workers in the 1b category. Hospitals receive allocations for and must prioritize healthcare workers. Pharmacies are to prioritize individuals that are 65+. NYSDOH approved general population mass vaccination sites are to prioritize 65+ and essential workers in the 1b category. New York State allocates dosages to these provider classes to represent the fair distribution. If a provider distributes to a group outside of their “prioritization” they will disrupt the fairness of the allocation; and
- Providers, unless otherwise directed should not schedule appointments until they receive an allocation, and no more appointments should be scheduled than the actual allocation allows.