Over the last several weeks, states across the country have been working to administer the newly released COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers and elderly, at-risk individuals.
However, one hospital in New York City is getting punished for doing so.
Democratic New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said Friday that the state fined a New Rochelle hospital for vaccinating first responders without Governor Andrew Cuomo’s consent.
During a radio interview, De Blasio told radio host Brian Lehrer that a hospital in the city of New Rochelle, once the epicenter of the pandemic in New York, was fined after officials began inoculating first responders.
The remaining vaccines were also confiscated, the Daily Caller reports.
De Blasio and Cuomo have butted heads several times over the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine after several requests to begin vaccinating residents over the age of 75 were denied by the governor.
New York City alone reportedly has 270,000 unused doses that could be given to the elderly. According to the New York Times, that’s 66 percent of the city’s doses.
Because of the strict guidelines in place, a number of doses have been thrown out since the vial is only good for six hours – this particular vaccine cannot be salvaged once thawed.
During a press conference on Thursday, Governor Cuomo said that out of the 900,000 doses the state has received thus far, 430,000 people have received the first of the two inoculations, the NY Daily News reports.
Andrew Cuomo is shattering NYC’s restaurant business...for no reason
At least 4,500 restaurants have been forced to close their doors thanks to Cuomo’s never-ending coronavirus restrictions
The restaurant industry is perhaps the most essential part of New York City’s social and economic sectors – from small, family-owned restaurants to world-renowned establishments, the industry is the second-largest component of tourism spending.
But, at least 4,500 restaurants have been forced to permanently close their doors thanks to Governor Cuomo’s never-ending coronavirus restrictions.
As cases continue to rise, the Democrat ordered an end to all indoor dining starting on Monday, with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in full support of the ban.
“The hospitalizations have continued to increase in New York City,” Cuomo said. “We said that we would watch it if the stabilization, if the hospital rate didn’t stabilize we would close indoor dining. It is now. We’re gonna close indoor dining in the city on Monday.”
Cuomo’s decision has received enormous backlash because of its disregard for the facts.
Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, blasted the dining ban, calling it “insanity” in a Twitter rant Friday.
Politicians Are Stealing the Basic Right To Earn A Living pic.twitter.com/9Yx9Vf1iP1
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) December 11, 2020
“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen,” he continued. “It is being stolen by a few politicians who believe they are smarter than me and you.”
According to the state’s contact tracing program, restaurants and bars have contributed a mere 1.4 percent to the total number of cases, while personal gatherings have driven nearly 75 percent.
So, essentially, Cuomo is shutting down an industry, pulverizing small businesses and putting workers out of a job only to make a microscopic dent in case numbers.
And restaurant owners are infuriated.
“We’ve been following everything that they gave us – the guidelines, we changed our air filter systems, we do the protocols of taking temperatures, getting people to sign the [contact tracing] papers, everything from A to Z,” one restaurant owner told the New York Post. “It’s just not right you have small businesses that are day to day surviving, and day to day they’re trying to pay the bills and day to day trying to feed their staff who are trying to feed their kids.”
Closing down restaurants takes away one of the few options New York City residents have to socialize, and because humans need social interactions, household gatherings will likely skyrocket – and so will case numbers.
Gov. Cuomo says addicts in rehab facilities will get COVID vaccine this week ahead of general population, elderly
Residents in facilities operated by the Office of Addiction Service and Supports will be given the vaccine
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.