The media’s favorite governor is at it again.
After spending the better part of the year casting doubt on any vaccine that could be developed under Trump, Andrew Cuomo has now embraced the COVID vaccine. Yet instead of giving it to senior citizens first, he is giving priority to drug addicts.
Apparently, it wasn’t bad enough that he put COVID patients into nursing homes, killing thousands.
The New York Post reports:
Addicts in rehab next to get COVID-19 vaccine, Cuomo says
Recovering addicts in residential rehab facilities will be among those vaccinated against the coronavirus this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo obliquely revealed Monday.
During a virtual news conference in Albany, Cuomo said the state was expecting to receive a combined 259,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
In addition to urgent care center employees and “individuals who are administering the COVID-19 vaccines, for obvious reasons,” Cuomo said that shots would be given to residents of “OASAS” — the state Office of Addiction Services and Supports.
The agency runs 12 treatment centers across the state, with five located in or around New York City, and also certifies and monitors “hundreds” of private facilities, according to its website.
“These are congregate facilities. Congregate facilities are problematic. That’s where you have a lot of people in concentration,” Cuomo said.
Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik tweeted:
The Worst Governor in America streak continues …
This time prioritizing vaccines for drug addicts over tens of thousands of seniors who have been home bound since the start of the pandemic.
An absolute disgrace👇 https://t.co/jwBvpv3Yec
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) December 28, 2020
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air adds this:
Cuomo’s reasoning for this decision makes sense on the surface if you’re only looking at it from a progressive, political point of view. Addicts tend to be economically disadvantaged for the most part (though there are obvious exceptions, particularly among celebrities) and these issues disproportionately affect persons of color. That makes for a great talking point in Democratic circles.
That makes perfect sense. For the left, it is always ideology first.