New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has sparked outrage after warning younger people could end up killing their own grandmas if they refuse to get vaccinated.
During Monday’s press conference, Cuomo said that the state was now focusing its attention on the ‘youthful’ and ‘doubtful’ to get the vaccine.
He spoke of a belief among the young of ‘an attitude’ that they believe ‘they’ll be fine’.
Cuomo is warning younger members of the population that if they remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, they could kill their grandmas with a kiss.
But the governor was slammed by critics for going blaming unvaccinated people for endangering elderly people in the wake of the state’s home scandal.
Fox News’ Harris Faulkner hit out at Cuomo on Outnumbered, saying: ‘He should just stop talking’.
Guest Karl Rove added: ‘That overshadowed what he wanted to do, which was, say that the youthful and doubtful ought to go get vaccinated.
‘Instead we’ll be talking about what he did earlier in the crisis by putting Covid patients into nursing homes, thereby killing grandma and a lot of grandpas too.’
Cuomo has come under intense scrutiny over his nursing home COVID-19 response after issued an order last March barred nursing homes from rejecting recovering coronavirus patients when they were discharged from hospitals.
He later reversed the order, but critics have said it could have cost hundreds of lives as the virus rampaged through vulnerable populations in care homes.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged ‘youthful’ and ‘doubtful’ people to get the vaccine
Cuomo said that those who remain unvaccinated could be a ‘lingering consequence’ of COVID-19.
The governor then went on to state that New Yorkers who visit their grandmother before being inoculated could kill them.
‘Or maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother, and wind up killing your grandmother,’ said Cuomo.
On Twitter, the reaction was excoriating.
Fox News colleague Janice Dean blasted: ‘He has some nerve shaming others for possibly endangering their grandparents.’
The coronavirus became personal for Dean after both of her parents-in-law died from the disease in New York nursing homes.
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Why hasn’t he been criminally charged?’
‘How the hell is he still in office not impeached yet?’ asked another.
‘Speaking from experience with killing everyone else’s grandmother,’ tweeted another.
‘Over 15,000 elderly are no longer with us thanks in part to his deadly policy to re-admit infected patients into nursing homes. If anyone knows how to kill a grandma, it’s Andrew Cuomo.’
Janice Dean a meteorologist at Fox News accused the governor of having ‘nerve’ going after people who were unvaccinated visiting their elderly relatives in the wake of the state’s home scandal.
Twitter users were furious with Cuomo’s instructions at younger people to get vaccinated with the threat that they might end up killing their own grandmother
Cuomo suggested that young people had an attitude that ‘they believe they’ll be fine’
Cuomo has insisted that he followed expert guidelines when he issued his March order compelling nursing homes to accept recovering COVID patients.
He says he believed that they were not infectious anymore.
Cuomo eventually rescinded his nursing home order and insisted on a negative COVID tests instead before returning patients to a nursing home.
Many families and New York state lawmakers though, say the decision added to the number of deaths – making nursing homes hotspots for coronavirus transmission.
The state reported just 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 death count.
But Cuomo’s administration was later forced to admit that the toll was actually more than 15,000 when the full number of residents killed was taken into account.
Top Cuomo aides were engaged in the months-long effort where they repeatedly overruled and prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths
Last week it was alleged the Governor’s office spent at least five months trying to cover up the true COVID-19 nursing home death toll from being made public.
Top Cuomo aides were engaged in the months-long effort where they repeatedly overruled and prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths, the New York Times reports.
Some nursing homes complained at the time that residents were being put at risk because of his policy.
The administration refused for months to release more complete data and the true death toll was only released this year after a report by the New York state attorney general found deaths had been undercounted by about half.
Cuomo has admitted it was a mistake to delay releasing the true death figures but insisted they were not trying to obscure the death toll.
Cuomo said he feared that if younger people avoided the vaccine they could ‘kill grandmas’
Cuomo has previously said he didn’t cover up deaths but acknowledged that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press.
‘All the deaths in the nursing homes and hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,’ Cuomo claimed.
He explained the matter as a difference of ‘categorization,’ with the state counting where deaths occurred and others seeking total deaths of nursing home residents, regardless of the location.
‘We should have done a better job of providing as much information as we could as quickly as we could,’ he said. ‘No excuses: I accept responsibility for that.’
‘We should not have created the void [of information]. We should have done a better job of providing information and knocking down conspiracy theories.
‘We did not take enough action and the pain is it created confusion, cynicism and pain for the families of a loved one.’