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People seeking COVID-19 vaccines must prove eligibility, officials say

A syringe filled with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

A syringe filled with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen alongside it's batch number and a patient's vaccination card at a vaccination site at the Corsi House in the East Harlem on Jan. 15. Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer

More than 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible to receive the state's scarce supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. But how will state officials ensure that the vaccine only goes to those who are currently eligible and that others don't jump the line?

Officials insist they have strict controls in place to ensure that those receiving doses of the vaccine are eligible under the state’s criteria, including providing proof of age, address and employment. But others suggest the system's registration system is potentially vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Here are some key questions:

What is the system in place to prevent those who are not eligible from getting the vaccine?

Do I need to upload those documents when I register for an appointment with the state?

Could individuals who are not eligible for the vaccine still potentially make an appointment?

What else is the state doing to prevent fraud?

What is the punishment for individuals getting the vaccine when they are not allowed?

Has the state caught any fraud yet?

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