Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, who just recently went through a scandal involving a COVID-19 nursing home policy that allegedly resulted in upwards of thousands of coronavirus-related deaths among the elderly, issued a warning to New York’s unvaccinated and vaccine-hesitant residents that they quite possibly could be responsible for killing their grandmothers if they persist in their refusals to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“During a press conference on Monday, Cuomo — who is facing down a nursing home scandal and a cornucopia of sexual harassment allegations — said that the state was targeting the ‘youthful’ and the ‘doubtful’ to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” reported Fox News. “Cuomo said that there is ‘an attitude’ among the unvaccinated that they believe ‘they’ll be fine’ and warned that unvaccinated people could have a ‘lingering consequence’ of COVID-19.”
“There is an attitude of ‘they’ll be fine, why should they take the vaccine,'” Cuomo stated in a press release. “Maybe you will get a long haul syndrome, that we’re really not sure what it is yet, but a lingering consequence of COVID.”
“Maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and wide up killing your grandmother,” Cuomo exclaimed.
Cuomo, himself, has seen flak about his backing of a coronavirus-related policy that mandated that nursing homes and other long-term adult-care establishments had to take in people who were still recovering from COVID-19 regardless of whether those people were still in the contagious stages of the disease or were still testing positive for COVID-19. The policy, which he later rescinded, could have been the sparking point that led to the deaths of thousands of elderly in the New York area, especially in such facilities that service the low-income and minority communities.
This past August, a public report stated that as many as 6,500 residents of nursing homes had died of COVID-19, but a recent release from New York Times suggests that the report may have been off by additional thousands and that Cuomo’s aides spent “months” trying to obscure the true total dead due to Cuomo’s nursing home policy. As reported by the Times, an early copy of the report may have indicated that upwards of 9,000 residents of nursing homes had died of coronavirus by the end of May 2020. This number accounts for over 35% of all New York deaths.
Allegedly, the administration may have deliberately hidden the death numbers from even the legislators of New York. This past February, an aide for Cuomo is reported to have told the Democrats of New York that the admin refused to give a correct count of how many people were affected by the new policy in order to dodge federal scrutiny. Reports that cropped up later stated that Cuomo aides may have hidden the death toll in order to clear the way for Cuomo to sell his book on pandemic leadership.
Both the United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI are now investigating Cuomo’s nursing home policy.