Paying your doctor for the COVID vaccination? You might as well. State hospitals could be fined up to $100,000 for not administering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible New Yorkers quickly enough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The governor is clamping down on hospitals that work too slow. The state’s 194 hospitals, including 24 public and 170 private institutions, have vaccinated New Yorkers at various rates. Last week, New York received 259,000 more vaccine dosages, with 139,400 from Pfizer and about 119,000 of Moderna’s immunization, in addition to 636,200 doses the state had as of Christmas week.

Cuomo released a list of 20 hospitals Monday — 10 administering the vaccine the fastest, and the 10 slowest.

“I don’t mean to embarrass any hospital, but I want them to be held accountable,” Cuomo said Monday during a coronavirus briefing in the state Capitol. “We need them to administer the vaccines faster. It’s not just the function of size, it’s a function of administrative capacity. We want those vaccines in people’s arms. I need those public officials to step in and manage those systems. You have the allocation. We want it in peoples’ arms as soon as possible.”

Small, independent medical centers don’t have much wiggle room to give the shots. A tip of the cap to Gov. Cuomo to get them moving. It’s discouraging to read that some hospitals might be fined $100,000 for going too slow.

State hospitals must administer their vaccine inventory this week or face up to a $100,000 fine, according to a new directive from the state Health Department. The dosages are in and the people are ready. This is no time to slow down.

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