New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has some unhappy experience with nursing homes and COVID-19, has revealed that drug addicts in rehab will be prioritized for the disease vaccine ahead of the state’s elderly population.
It is part of the “woke” leftist approach to government, in which personal responsibility is set aside and reckless behavior is elevated and protected.
After those in urgent care along with doctors and nurses administering the vaccines, shots are to be given to the residents of drug rehabilitation centers, ahead of the state’s elderly, DailyMail.com has reported.
Cuomo has faced fierce criticism after more than 6,600 nursing home residents in New York died from coronavirus in the height of the pandemic. The actual death count could be as high as 11,000, according to one analysis, as health officials only counted residents who died on site in their facilities and not later in hospitals.
A Justice Department probe is underway into whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among the elderly in nursing homes.
During Cuomo’s press briefing on Dec. 28, the governor said that shots would be given to “priority populations” and that when more vaccines become available the populations will be expanded and that residents of OASAS — the state Office of Addiction Services and Supports would be next in line to receive the shot.
“These are congregate facilities. Congregate facilities are problematic. That’s where you have a lot of people in concentration,” Cuomo said.
“Nursing homes are obviously the most problematic because they’re congregate plus older, vulnerable people. OASAS facilities, what we call the O facilities, they’re congregate — not necessarily older — but congregate facilities,” Cuomo continued.
“We’ll then continue with high-risk hospital workers, federally qualified health center employees, EMS workers,” Cuomo declared.