New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has sparked outrage after warning that younger people could end up killing their own grandmother if they refuse to get vaccinated.
At Monday’s press conference, Cuomo said the state is now turning its attention to the ‘juveniles’ and ‘doubters’ about getting the vaccine.
He spoke of a belief among young people of ‘an attitude’ that they believe ‘things will work out’.
Cuomo warns younger members of the population that if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, they can kill their grandmothers with a kiss.
But the governor was criticized by critics for blaming unvaccinated people for endangering the elderly in the wake of the state’s home scandal.
Fox News’ Harris Faulkner hit Cuomo on Outnumbered, saying, ‘He just has to stop talking’.
Guest Karl Rove added, “That overshadowed what he wanted to do, which was to say that young people and doubters should get vaccinated.
“Instead, we’ll talk about what he did earlier in the crisis by putting Covid patients in nursing homes, killing grandma and many grandpas too.”
Cuomo has been under close scrutiny over the response from his nursing home COVID-19 after he issued an order last March prohibiting nursing homes from refusing convalescent coronavirus patients when they were released from hospitals.
He later returned the order, but critics said it could have cost hundreds of lives as the virus swept through vulnerable populations in care homes.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged ‘youthful’ and ‘questionable’ people to get the vaccine
Cuomo said those who remain unvaccinated could be a “ lingering consequence ” of COVID-19.
The governor then stated that New Yorkers who visit their grandmother before being vaccinated could kill them.
“Or maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother, and you end up killing your grandmother,” Cuomo said.
The reaction on Twitter was fierce.
Fox News colleague Janice Dean put it up: “He has the guts to shame others for potentially endangering their grandparents.”
The coronavirus got personal for Dean after both her in-laws died of the disease in nursing homes in New York.
Another Twitter user wrote, “Why wasn’t he criminally charged?”
“How the hell is it that he’s still in office and hasn’t been impeached yet?” asked another.
“From experience killing others’ grandmother,” tweeted another.
There are no more than 15,000 elderly people, thanks in part to his deadly policy of re-admitting infected patients to nursing homes. If anyone knows how to kill a grandmother, it’s Andrew Cuomo. ‘
Janice Dean, a meteorologist at Fox News, accused the governor of having ‘guts’ to go after people who were unvaccinated to visit their elderly relatives in the aftermath of the state house scandal.
Twitter users were furious at Cuomo’s instructions to younger people to get vaccinated with threats that they would eventually kill their own grandmother
Cuomo suggested that young people had an attitude that ‘they believe it will be okay’
Cuomo has insisted he follow experts’ guidelines when he issued his order in March to force nursing homes to accept convalescent COVID patients.
He says he believed they were no longer contagious.
Cuomo eventually withdrew his order for a nursing home, insisting that the COVID tests would instead be passed negative before the patients were returned to a nursing home.
However, many New York State families and lawmakers say the decision contributed to the death toll, making nursing homes hot spots for the transmission of coronavirus.
The state reported only 8,700 deaths in the state’s nursing homes, because residents who contracted COVID in care homes but later died in hospital were not counted in the official number of deaths.
But Cuomo’s government was later forced to admit that the toll was actually more than 15,000 if the full number of residents killed was taken into account.
Top Cuomo assistants were involved in the months-long effort of repeatedly troubling and preventing state health officials from disclosing the number of deaths in nursing homes
Last week, it was alleged that the governor’s office spent at least five months hiding the actual COVID-19 death toll in a nursing home that was not made public.
Top Cuomo aides were involved in the months-long effort of repeatedly tormenting and preventing state health officials from releasing the number of deaths in nursing homes, the New York Times reports.
At the time, some nursing homes complained that residents were endangered by his policies.
The government refused to release more complete data for months, and the actual death toll was only released this year after a report by the New York State Attorney General found that the number of deaths had been undervalued by about half.
Cuomo has admitted it was a mistake to delay the release of the true death tolls, but insisted they weren’t trying to cover up the death toll.
Cuomo said he feared if younger people avoided the vaccine they could ‘kill grandmothers’
Cuomo has previously said that he has not covered up deaths, but acknowledged that officials should have acted more quickly to release information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.
“All deaths in nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,” Cuomo claimed.
He explained the matter as a difference of “categorization,” which involves the state counting where the deaths occurred and others seeking the total death of nursing home residents, regardless of location.
“We should have done a better job of providing as much information as possible as soon as possible,” he said. “No excuses: I accept responsibility for that.”
‘We shouldn’t have created the void [of information]. We should have done a better job of providing information and breaking down conspiracy theories.
“We haven’t taken enough action and the pain is that it caused confusion, cynicism and pain in the families of a loved one.”