New York Hospital Fined for Vaccinating First Responders “Without Cuomo’s Approval”

New York City Mayor Democrat Bill de Blasio said Friday that the state had fined a hospital in New Rochelle for vaccinating first responders without New York Governor Democrat Andrew Cuomo’s approval.

De Blasio told radio host Brian Lehrer that a hospital in the city of New Rochelle, which was once the hard-hit epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York, was fined and their remaining vaccines were confiscated after officials began vaccinating first responders.

De Blasio and Cuomo disagreed over the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine after several requests to move forward with vaccinating New Yorkers over the age of 75 — with vaccines that NYC officials already had on hand — were denied by the governor’s office.

New York’s strict guidelines — and the failure to find enough people who meet the criteria for priority vaccination — has already resulted in a number of doses being thrown away.