New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that addicts in the state’s rehabilitation facilities will be inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine this week, cutting in front of the general population and elderly people that aren’t living in nursing homes.
Meanwhile, the elderly are the most at-risk for contracting the virus.
At a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said that residents in facilities operated by the Office of Addiction Service and Supports will be given the vaccine, as well as employees at urgent care centers and health care workers tasked with administering the vaccines.
Cuomo said that after giving the vaccine to front line healthcare workers and nursing home residents last week, the state is expected to receive 259,000 combined doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this week, BizPacReview reports.
Cuomo said that OASAS is next in line because residents live in close quarters.
“That’s where you have a lot of people in concentration,” Cuomo said.
Individual states have set their own vaccine rollout plans. Some states, including Massachusetts, have announced plans to prioritize prisoners for vaccination.
Chief Medical Officer Says Canadians Will Lose "Freedom to Move Around" If They Refuse The Vaccine
If you live in Ontario, be prepared to lose your “freedom to move around” if you refuse the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer.
When asked if he would make vaccines mandatory, Dr. David Williams said “we can’t force someone to take a vaccine”, but went on to say that if you wanted “ease of getting in to certain settings” you would have to show proof of vaccination or be forced to wear personal protective equipment.
"What may be mandatory, is proof of vaccination, in order to have latitude and freedom to move around without wearing personal protective equipment." – Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Williams pic.twitter.com/gHupcMxbcm
— CrasHTalk (@CrasTalk) December 3, 2020
As we previously highlighted, governments do not have to make the vaccine mandatory, they can simply make life unlivable for people who refuse to take the vaccine.
If bars, restaurants, cinemas, sports venues, airlines, employers and others all make the vaccination a mandatory condition of service, anyone who refuses to take it will be reduced to a personal form of de facto lockdown with their social lives and mobility completely stunted.
Countries around the world sound like they are easing themselves into dictatorships.
FDA Denies That Four Volunteers Developed Bell's Palsy From Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine Shot
According to U.S. regulators, four people that received Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in a trial developed Bell’s palsy which causes temporary facial paralysis.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Bell’s palsy could not have been caused by the vaccine but doctors should keep track of anyone else who gets it going forward.
This isn’t the first time it’s been linked to vaccines, but scientists have ultimately ruled that shots did not trigger Bell’s in all but one case – a Swiss flu vaccine that was sold during the 2001-2002 flu season there, then promptly taken off the market.
So far, the FDA said that the number of Bell’s palsy cases seen in the Pfizer vaccine trial was ‘consistent with the background frequency of reported Bell’s palsy in the vaccine group that is consistent with the expected background rate in the general population, and there is no clear basis upon which to conclude a causal relationship at this time,’ but will keep a close watch on future cases.
The four cases of Bell’s palsy were the only side effect that the FDA saw as ‘imbalanced’ with more occurring in the vaccine group than the placebo group, and fewer than 0.5 percent of the trial participants had serious side effects.
Among the four people who developed Bell’s palsy, one saw facial paralysis or weakness within three days after they received the shot. But the participant’s face returned to normal about three days after that.
Although doctors are not sure exactly what causes Bell’s palsy, there are some factors that can leave someone more prone to getting it such as diabetes or an upper respiratory infection like the cold or flu.
They don’t believe that Pfizer’s vaccine is the cause of the issue but if given the green light to move forward, the FDA says Pfizer will be required to track data on future vaccine recipients if they develop temporary facial paralysis.