Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned New Yorkers on Monday that if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, they could kill their grandmothers with a kiss.
During a news conference Monday, Cuomo – who faces a nursing home scandal and a cornucopia of allegations of sexual harassment – said the state is targeting “youthful” and “doubtful” to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Cuomo said there is “an attitude” among the unvaccinated that they think “they want to be fine” and warned that unvaccinated people could have a “long-term consequence” of COVID-19.
The governor then turned his head as he warned New Yorkers that if they could visit their grandmother before receiving a vaccine, they could kill them.
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“Or maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and end up killing your grandmother,” said Cuomo, who originally planned to spend the last Thanksgiving with his two daughters and his mother.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean weighed Cuomo’s comments in a statement Monday, saying the governor has “some nerve” after unvaccinated people visiting their elderly relatives amid his nursing home scandal.
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“He has something nervous about embarrassing others to possibly endanger their grandparents,” Dean said. “Over 15,000 seniors are no longer with us 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.”
Dean became an outspoken critic of the governor’s nursing home policy after both her in-laws died of coronavirus in New York nursing homes.
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Cuomo has been hit by both sides of the aisle for his controversial nursing home policy, with his administration earlier this year revealing that the reported counts of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes were dramatically underreported.