Inmates in NY being offered parties, food, conjugal visits, more to take part in ‘health initiative’

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NEW YORK– Officials across this country have become so desperate to get people to buy into the COVID-19 vaccine propaganda, that they have offered a variety of things they think are enticing, such as tickets to sporting events, free food, and even lottery tickets. 

In New York, state officials are now going to the extreme in order to get their 34,000 inmates vaccinated, by offering them incentives such as parties, care packages, and even conjugal visits, according to reports. 

In a memo that was distributed to the inmates early in July, Acting Corrections and Community Supervision Commissioner Anthony Annucci wrote that only 45 percent of those currently incarcerated in New York prisons have been vaccinated.

In comparison, statistics show that approximately 70 percent of non-incarcerated individuals have been vaccinated to date. 

Annucci made note that:

“many other state prison populations have much higher vaccination rates,” 

The memo then went on to say:

“To encourage you to do your part in this fight, the Department will implement an incentive program,”

The New York Post reports that the plan includes randomly gifting five fully vaccinated inmates in each of the state’s 50 prisons care packages filled with “the most popular food items sold at our assigned facility’s commissary, not to exceed a $75 value.”

Annucci wrote:

“In addition, at the conclusion of this vaccination campaign, Central Office will award a facility barbecue to all vaccinated individuals at six facilities…for the highest percentage of individuals vaccinated,” 

In order to give the prisoners a fair chance at winning, they divided the barbeque prize into three categories, prisons housing 399 or fewer inmates, 400 to 799 and prisons with more than 800 each, with two from each category getting the prize, according to reports.

In addition to enticing the prisoners with a nice barbequed meal, they are also trying to appeal to their other “needs”.

Annucci wrote:

“In addition to keeping yourself, your family, and your friends safe, one other benefit for getting the vaccine is that when the Department restarts the Family Reunification Program in September, it will be a pre-requisite for any participating incarcerated individual to be fully vaccinated,” 

Family reunification” is bureaucratic jargon for conjugal visits that take place in trailers and generally last between two and three days.

To qualify, inmates must be well-behaved and receive approval from the commissioner’s office, according to a source familiar with the process.

At this time, data shows that 6,603 inmates and 5,175 prison staffers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 42 inmates still isolated and being treated, according to the DOCCS website.

Thirty-five inmates and eight staffers have died of the disease.

Report: Pharmacy denies vaccine to two illegal immigrants, then apologizes – despite legal citizens awaiting theirs

March 23, 2021

MISSION HILLS, CA- As millions of American citizens still await their coronavirus vaccines (those who want them), in California a retail pharmacy chain is apologizing because two of its stores denied two illegal aliens COVID-19 vaccines, the Washington Examiner reports.

The chain, Rite Aid apologized for the incident, saying in a statement

“In such an unprecedented rollout, there are going to be mistakes and there will be always areas for providers to improve—we’re seeking out those opportunities every day,” they said in a statement to the Examiner.

Rite Aid noted that the aliens, both women, have subsequently received the first of two COVID-19 doses after being told earlier in March that they could not receive the vaccine.

The chain said the two vaccine denial incidents were not related and continued that its staff has since been retrained on store policy to refrain from turning anyone away.

Spokesperson Christopher Savarese told ABC News the cases as “isolated” incidents which resulted from workers at the stores not following established protocols for vaccine eligibility. The employees are being reeducated on the protocols to make sure all employees are on the same page,” he said.

In one of the incidents, a woman in San Fernando Valley was denied a vaccine by a Rite Aid in Mission Hills after she presented the store with a foreign ID, according to a local ABC affiliate.

In addition, the same affiliate reported that a woman in South Orange County had been denied a vaccination on the same day at a Rite Aid in Laguna Niguel.

Sebastian Araujo, son of one of the women posted on social media after the incident claiming to be “appalled” and that his mother was crying.

“[Rite Aid] asked for her social security and the woman at the front kept stating that they were not vaccinating people who are UNDOCUMENTED. My mom was literally sobbing and I’m literally appalled,” Araujo said in a tweet.

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Rite Aid told the Examiner that a through investigation is currently underway following the two incidents, while adding in a statement, “In a case where a customer does not have identification, we advise our associates not to turn the customer away.”

KABC in Los Angeles reported that Rep. Tony Cardenas, who represents California’s 29th Congressional District said that legal status in the United States isn’t required in order to be vaccinated.

“That is not a requirement whatsoever at the federal, state, or local level and that organization has been told very clearly that that was wrong, and they immediately apologized for doing so, but it left the woman very distraught,” Cardenas said.

In the case of the Orange County woman, who has provided childcare for a family for five years, her employer  spoke out against what happened.

“This type of thing should never happen to an individual regardless of where they come from. I come from a family of immigrants. I married an immigrant and things like this just shouldn’t happen in our day and age, especially with guidelines that exist now,” the employer, only identified by his last name Rager said.

Rager said he provided his employee with a letter verifying her employment however that along with an out-of-state ID wasn’t enough.

He said the pharmacist insisted she show a social security card, while also telling the woman that priority goes to U.S. citizens and later repeated that over the phone to the Ragers.

Rager said he decided to check the guidelines for himself, when he came across the incident that had occurred in Mission Hills.

“I just want the government or the companies to send out information to their employees saying that this type of, you know, behavior is just not tolerated.

These questions shouldn’t be asked of any individual and our entire country needs to get vaccinated so I don’t see why somebody should be denied when they actually want to get a vaccine,” Rager said.

KABC also said that Rite Aid had changed the requirements listed on the website.

At one time, a driver’s license and social security card were once listed as acceptable government-issued forms of identification, however it was changed so there was no mention of a social security card, with a note reading, “You will not be turned away if you do not have photo ID or insurance.”

Law Enforcement Today reported in December that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had prioritized addicts in rehab over police officers for receipt of the vaccine. For more on that, we invite you to:

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NEW YORK, NY- In the state of New York, the next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine is not law enforcement or first responders. It is not even the states general population or elderly people living in nursing homes. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, next in line will be recovering addicts in residential rehab facilities.

During a virtual news conference in Albany, Gov. Cuomo said that the state was expecting to receive a combined 259,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

At this press conference, Cuomo also said that residents in facilities operated by the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) will be given the vaccine.

Cuomo said that in addition to urgent care center employees and “individuals who are administering the COVID-19 vaccines, for obvious reasons,” shots would be given to residents of OASAS.

According to its website, the agency runs 12 treatment centers across the state, with five located in or around New York City. The agency also certifies and monitors “hundreds” of “private facilities.”

Cuomo said that OASAS is next in line for vaccinations because residents live in “close quarters,” just like in nursing homes.

Cuomo said:

“These are congregate facilities. Congregate facilities are problematic. That’s where you have a lot of people in concentration.”

He added:

“Nursing homes are obviously the most problematic because they’re congregate plus older, vulnerable people. OASAS facilities, what we call the O facilities, they’re congregate, not necessarily older, but congregate facilities.”

Reportedly, residents and staffers will be vaccinated at both the state-run and privately operated rehab centers as well as at facilities run or licensed by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Mental Health.

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A Department of Health (DOH) spokeswoman said that emergency medical services personnel, medical examiners and coroners, and some funeral workers will also get the vaccine.

Luke Nasta, a director of the New York Association of Substance Abuse Providers said that the non-profit group had “lobbied” for rehab patients to receive the vaccination.

Nasta, who is also the CEO of the Camelot Family Foundation, which runs two residential treatment centers on Staten Island, said that it makes sense to give the shots to drug users because they are more likely to “get the disease and spread it.”

He said:

“We were overlooked initially. We got the governor’s office’s attention and Gov. Cuomo acted appropriately.”

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CBS6 News asked OASAS for a comment and below is part of the statement that they sent:

“New York State has prioritized the vaccine distribution to high-risk populations, including those in congregate care settings where there is an increased danger of virus spread. Many people in these facilities also have additional risk factors that make them more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.”

It added:

“Unfortunately, there continues to be a stigma against those in recovery when it comes to equal access to health care. These individuals deserve the same access to medical care as everyone else and those at high risk of COVID should be vaccinated in line with other high-risk populations.”

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is among others speaking out against the decision, saying that the vaccine should not be prioritized for OASAS residents, over seniors who she says have been homebound since the start of the pandemic.

According to Commissioner Dermot Shea, NYPD officers are facing a delay in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. He cited issues with the state supply chain. During a wide-range briefing, Shea said:

“We are waiting. As recently as last week or a week-and-a-half ago we were hoping that we’d get it now and into the first week of January.”

He added:

“We’re relying on the state and city department of health to advise us where we’re in line. We certainly appreciate that everyone wants to get this and we have to wait our fair turn in line and that’s what we’re doing, but we’re anxiously awaiting it and want it as soon as possible.”

Shea’s remarks confirmed a memo that had been circulated within the Detectives’ Endowment Association union warning that the vaccine was going to be delayed. A copy of the memo, which was obtained by The Post, reads, in part:

“The State has not released the vaccine in the quantity needed for the NYPD. We’ve made numerous attempts to get updated information and when we get further word on its availability, we will immediately keep our members apprised of the new date and the method of distribution.”

Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association union, blasted the delay for NYPD, saying:

“Once again, politicians in Albany and City Hall are wasting time with bureaucratic gymnastics instead of looking at the reality on the ground. New York City police officers aren’t just on the front line. We cover every part of the front line: from hospitals and housing complexes to the corner store.”

He added:

“We have more daily contact with New Yorkers than any other city agency. We are continuing to press the vaccines to be made available to police officers as soon as possible.”

Gary Holmes, a spokesman for the DOH, said that police will receive the vaccine soon, but that it is still being administered to others who take priority under state guidelines, including frontline health care workers and those in nursing homes.

He said:

“NYPD as first responders are eligible in phase 1b, that has not changed and any suggestion that we are holding back on providing vaccines is patently false. We are still in the middle of phase 1a, which includes frontline health care workers, nursing homes, and certain congregate care settings.”

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