'Leadership'? Cuomo's New York Is in the Bottom 10 States For Vaccination Rates

Brittany M. Hughes | February 26, 2021
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Even if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weren’t under fire for allegedly groping the women in his office…

Even if he weren’t under investigation for admittedly covering up the deaths of thousands of nursing home residents who died after he mandated care facilities take in sick patients…

Even if his state’s COVID death rate wasn’t leagues beyond that of other states…

It turns out he’s not very good at making sure the vaccine gets to where it needs to go.

According to the New York Times' vaccine tracker last updated on Feb. 25, it turns out the Empire State is in the bottom 10 states for vaccine distribution, lagging behind the rest of the country in rolling out immunizations to those who need it most – including the elderly, if there are any left. Less than 13 percent of New York’s population has been given a single dose of the vaccine, with only 6.6 percent having been given both doses.

Other states on par with New York’s slow rollout include Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, where recent back-to-back winter storms have crippled vaccine distribution efforts and set back rollout plans by weeks.

New York lags behind GOP-led states that were criticized for their more relaxed and economically mindful approach to the pandemic, including Florida, where nearly 14 percent of the state has been give nat least one dose of the vaccine and 7.3 percent have received two doses. In South Dakota, led by Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, nearly 19 percent of residents have received at least one dose, with 9.3 percent having been fully immunized, making it one of the leading states in the nation for vaccine distribution rates.

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