Shortly after this action Cuomo was asked about Zucker’s comments and the Governor played dumb; as if he had never heard of the idea before. I recently spoke with John Gilmore and he found the idea of Cuomo not knowing what Zucker said to be laughable. According to Gilmore, Cuomo is a micromanager and certainly told Zucker to make the public statement about mandatory flu shots. Basically Cuomo floated a trial balloon.
The balloon didn’t float.
We are 40 days away from the election, and all of Albany (sans Cuomo) is up for reelection. In New York mandatory flu and HPV vaccination has always been extremely unpopular. Some Albany Democrats recently released statements stating they are against mandatory flu vaccinations because they know how unpopular the idea is and don’t want to lose on November 3rd.
It appears we have dodged this bullet; for now. How quickly this one will rear its head again all depends on the election results. If the Democrats keep their super-majority in Albany, mandatory flu shots will be right back on the table very fast.
*** (Note – pic of Cuomo allegedly getting flu shot at the top of this report is from 2019, not 2020. I never believe photo-ops like this one. Highly likely he posed for the shot, but never got the shot)
September 17, 2020 — The FED UP DEMOCRAT endorses Alexis Weik for NY Senate in Suffolk County, NY. Weik is 100% supportive of medical freedom and choice. Weik will certainly not be supporting a forced COVID vaccine on New Yorkers. Below is a letter from Weik fully explaining her position on vaccination and medical mandates:
My journey began when I became a mother 23 years ago. As a mother of three healthy, beautiful children their wellbeing was my priority. I was raised by a Mom who questioned anything that was “mandatory” or that seemed to be pushed upon people. When I was pregnant for the first time, I was told by my doctor to take prenatal vitamins. I took the prescription that was given to me and noticed that it made me very sick. My Mom advised me to stop taking it and just take my usual multivitamin and some Folate, she then shared some stories from the past when women were told to take medication to help dry up their breast milk, if they chose to feed their baby formula.
Those women suffered health issues for taking medication for a process that can easily be handled with an ice pack. This started my reason for questioning. My first son never seemed to have any reaction to the vaccinations he received. My daughter however, always suffered terrible reactions to every single shot or medication she has taken. Noticing the differences, I began to experiment to see how to best care for my children individually. I took the time to experiment with the food they ate and noted the difference between feeding them Pop-Tarts vs. eggs and fruit. They, on their own, would choose the healthy food options every time. I continued on my journey and found a Chiropractor who introduced me to the information that vaccinations were not really effective but rather came along at a time the coincided with engineering advancements in our society. Those advancements may have actually been the cure for many of the illnesses that people commonly suffered. I heard about an active group of moms (Rita Palma) who not only encouraged other moms to explore holistic medicine but also organized an organic farm. I remember listening to some moms in my community call Rita’s group “nuts”. Happily, there were many others, who felt as I did and admired their courage to take their own path. It is not easy to fight the fight and go against the system. I was inspired to continue reading and exploring the pros and cons of vaccinations. I discovered many people are extremely in favor of mandatory vaccinations for fear of catching any kind of illness. My peers who stayed home with the Chicken Pox growing up were now outraged at the idea that their child not be vaccinated for Chicken Pox. An illness they knew firsthand would not kill their child was now considered to be a deadly threat in their mind because there was a vaccination for it.
I realize that we cannot and perhaps should not change the minds of everyone but I am strongly in favor of choice. We are fortunate enough to live in a democracy which gives us the freedom of choice. The simple logic that if one person chooses to be vaccinated to protect themselves from illness should not fear a person who is not vaccinated. Their vaccination should in their minds) protect them from those who are not protected. They should have nothing to fear at all. Far too many of my friends can pinpoint the moment their healthy bundle of joy was suddenly struck with a fever and was never the same again after receiving a vaccination.
I am running for New York State Senate because we are being mandated by our state government to not only be vaccinated but we are to also receive flu shots, booster shots and much more. The number of vaccinations we had as children has quadrupled for children today. If we all grew up just fine with the small number of shots why are children today being mandated to pump dozens of vaccinations and boosters into their bodies just to attend public school? I believe we need to have the option of choice. Medicine should not be mandatory; it is a choice.
On a bigger note we need to ensure that the vaccinations being offered are not harmful. I would work with the federal government to restore liability to vaccine manufacturers for harm created by their products. The pharmaceutical companies that produce these vaccinations have no motivation to create a safe product. I think if they lose the guaranteed profit of mandatory vaccinations it might help motivate them to produce a product that the general population can get behind and support. This is a great opportunity for me, running for senate, I would be so honored to be an advocate for the very people who inspired me for decades to search out healthier options for my family. I want to be the person who can deliver good legislation for our families to benefit from for years. To possibly save the lives of our children who might be harmed from a vaccination or mandatory medication. The option of choice is a wonderful thing, it is the thing that our founding fathers marveled at and fought for in battle. It is my turn to fight the battle and restore the option of choice for all of our families.
All my best,
Alexis Weik Candidate New York State Senate, 3rd District
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said on Wednesday that he is considering following the example of Massachusetts and order all daycare, pre-school, K-12, and college students to get annual flu shots. Connecticut and New Jersey are considering similar orders.
Currently, flu shots are required to attend pre-school and daycare in New York City but nowhere else in the State. Connecticut and New Jersey require flu shots for pre-school and daycare. Massachusetts will become the first state that requires flu shots to attend K-12 school or college. All those states allow religious exemptions.
Zucker is the guy who Gov. Cuomo claims said it was OK to put people with Covid-19 into nursing homes while disregarding all the federal guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection, and now they both refuse to say how many nursing home residents died as the result of their folly. These are the guys who said we had to temporarily shut down to “flatten the curve” so hospitals would not be overwhelmed with Covid-19 cases. That was 180 days ago, hospitals have single digit numbers of Covid-19 cases, and we are still substantially shut down.
The ostensible reason Zucker cited for this new forced vaccination campaign was his concern that unless minors get flu shots now the demand for flu tests later will somehow interfere with Covid-19 testing. They are willing to continue to erode parental rights to make medical decisions our children and compel a medical procedure of questionable safety and efficacy simply to avoid the possibility of busy labs.
Normally adding a new vaccine mandate would require passing laws in the Assembly and Senate followed by approval by the Governor. Just like with any law. But since the legislature gave dictatorial control of the State to Cuomo last March 3, before they crept off to hide, the Governor can order forced flu shots with a decree.
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Use this link to send messages to Cuomo, Zucker and y Take Action our State Senator and Assemblymember letting them know you oppose any type of forced flu shot.
Call Cuomo and Zucker and let them know you oppose this scheme:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390
Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, (518) 474-2011
Call your State Senator and Assemblymember. They will want your votes on November 3, so call them and ask them if they will do anything to protect your right to choose whether or your children are forced to get flu shots.
Please email and call their offices. It is unlikely the phone will be answered but please leave a message.
A US Department of Defense Study released earlier this year, the only study done so far on the topic, found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as “virus interference…’vaccine derived’ virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus…” Again, this is not about public health, this is about money and power.
Glaxo, Sanofi, CSL and Astra Zeneca make all the flu shots sold in the US, with approximately 6,000,000 children in New York between 6 months and 18 years, and college students, and the federal Vaccines for Children program selling flu vaccines at around $13.50 per dose, the New York flu shot market for young people is worth about $81 million per year, not including the administration fees charge by pediatricians and other flu shot retailers.
According to multi-decade studies of flu shot efficacy by the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, inactivated flu vaccines (flu shots) in children age 3-16 reduce the risk of influenza in children from 30% to 11% on average. In some years, like 2017, flu shots have no measurable efficacy at all, even in the best-case scenarios devised by the flu shot manufacturers. There is insufficient data according to the Cochrane Collaboration to even say what affect flu shots have on children under 2, yet they would be required to get the shots.
Some flu shots in the US (approximately 20%) are still made using thimerosal, an obsolete preservative based on toxic mercury, that is banned in most of the world, but not the US. In 2008, New York banned the use of thimerosal in shots given to pregnant women and children under three, but the Cuomo administration has illegally suspended the law for past several years misusing language in the bill that allows the state to suspend the law if there is a declared shortage of mercury-free flu shots. There has never been a declared shortage, but Zucker suspends the law anyway. An internal CDC study showed 700% more autism among children who received thimerosal-containing vaccines in infancy. And studies have shown 20% higher autism rates among children whose mothers received pre-natal flu shots in the first trimester.
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Just two weeks before the start of school in New York Cuomo announced a 20% budget cut to all school districts. The timing was disgusting on the part of the Governor, and it was no accident. It was by design. Cuomo is hoping budget cuts will force more school districts to go full remote and further along the agenda of Bill Gates “reimagine education” at a distance. Remember what Cuomo said back in May?
“The old model of everybody goes and sits in the classroom, and the teacher is in front of that classroom and teaches that class, and you do that all across the city, all across the state, all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why, with all the technology you have?” (Washington Post, May 6, 2020)
This is the real agenda behind so much remote learning happening in New York (and across the country and globe) right now. It is the real agenda behind Cuomo cutting school budgets, at the very last minute with no notice, when the schools need more money, not less, and everyone knows this. It has very little to do with COVID and safety. It is about money, destroying teacher unions, and dumbing down our children.
August 19, 2020 — Dr. Howard Zucker is the Commissioner of New York State’s Department of Health. He was Cuomo’s right-hand during the COVID chaos, and oversaw the horrifying deaths of up to 16,000 senior citizens in nursing homes. Many write Zucker off as a “Cuomo lackey” who performs whatever function the Governor demands of him, but before doing that let’s take a closer look at New York State’s top doctor.
According to Zucker’s bio at the New York Department of Health (NYDOH) website, Zucker was an Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of the Health Technology & Pharmaceuticals cluster and was the highest ranked American at the WHO. He is also a member of the extremely powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), as well as the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and was a “high-level expert” on public health for NATO.
WHO & CFR are globalist organizations that help to plan and implement global agendas that have no consideration for American sovereignty. In fact the CFR is on record as desiring to destroy the national sovereignty of the American Republic. Zerohedge.com recently reported the following:
As Richard N. Gardner, former deputy assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under Kennedy and Johnson, and a member of the Trilateral Commission, wrote in the April, 1974 issue of the Council on Foreign Relation’s (CFR) journal Foreign Affairs (pg. 558) in an article titled ‘The Hard Road To World Order‘: In short, the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.” (emphasis added)
Zucker is fully aware that there is a global agenda to end the national sovereignty of America. He is aware that Big Pharma has a stranglehold on WHO and American politicians (including him and his boss). And I believe he is also aware that a high death toll during New York’s COVID crisis was a desirable outcome to the globalist powers he has served in the past and still serves today. He didn’t need Cuomo to inform him of this, and the two of them were perfect partners-in-crime to ensure New York had the highest COVID fatalities on the planet to help usher in an era of increased authoritarianism and forced medical procedures on New York residents (especially forced vaccination).
On August 3, 2020, when Zucker testified at New York legislative hearings addressing the nursing home COVID crisis, not only did he refuse to state how many nursing home seniors died from COVID-19, he dismissed himself early from the hearing as he had somewhere more important to be. On August 10, the second day of hearings dealing with New York nursing homes, neither Cuomo nor Zucker bothered to show up at all.
There needs to be an independent investigation of both Zucker and Cuomo, with subpoena power, and both men need to testify in public, together, at the same time.
(Part 2 of this series will detail more on WHO IS DOCTOR HOWARD ZUCKER, including his sorted past of being one of Big Pharma’s favorite puppets in New York.)
August 4, 2020 — Yesterday the New York legislative body in Albany held hearings on the nursing home debacle that caused 6,000 to possibly 12,000 deaths headed by Governor Cuomo and NY Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. Protests of over 1,000 people happened outside of the Capitol on State St. with multiple speakers including whistleblower Nurse Erin Marie Olszewski.
Nurse Erin Marie is a major danger to Governor Cuomo as she is exposing the malpractice that turned Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY into a death factory during the COVID crisis. When Nurse Erin Marie stepped up to speak, New York Activist Rita Palma’s Facebook live stream went completely dead after running with no problem for 30 minutes recording all of the speakers who went before her. This seems to be another account of Facebook censoring voices for medical freedom. Eventually event organizers were able to publish her speech in full and you can view that here.
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker was questioned by members of the Senate and Assembly regarding why as many as 12,000 nursing home seniors died during the COVID crisis. Zucker refused to provide an updated, accurate number of nursing home residents who died of COVID during the hearing.
On March 25th Cuomo & Zucker released guidance to nursing homes stating, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. (Nursing homes) are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
Many have called this order a death sentence for thousands of seniors in nursing homes.
According to Newsday’s coverage of the hearing, Zucker said the above guidance was not mandatory. But obviously the wording of this directive was so incredibly strong what nursing home administrator would go against Cuomo during an unprecedented pandemic? Zucker went on to state the above guidance given on March 25th was not responsible for the massive amount of deaths in nursing homes. Newsday reported Zucker argued “the (health) department’s research of antibodies shows the peak of deaths could be attributed to infections before March 25 carried by staff and visitors who showed no symptoms at the time.”
There are two major problems with Zucker’s position here:
Antibody testing have shown to be remarkably flawed, and the data they provide is extremely unreliable.
Zucker should be very aware that on June 11th WHO announced that asymptomatic transmission of the novel coronavirus is “extremely rare,” especially since he used to work for WHO. Is Zucker making the remarkably outlandish claim that 6,000 to 12,000 nursing home residents all died from an “extremely rare” form of transmission? It makes far more sense that seniors with symptoms of COVID that nursing homes were forced to house due to the March 25th order from Zucker were the source of infection.
To quote certified nurse and nursing home staffer Nicole Whittaker speaking to Spectrum news, “Masks were issued, but were being worn for too long,” she said. “We lost a significant number of residents, and many of these deaths could have been prevented. Residents with symptoms should have been isolated immediately, not after more than a month of infections.” (emphasis added)
In the afternoon two witnesses were questioned. Michael A.L. Balboni, who is the Executive Director of Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association, and Neil Heyman, President of the Southern New York Association. Below are some of the highlights from the afternoon questions that came from Senator James Skoufis, Assemblyman John McDonald, Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Senator Sue Serino, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Assemblyman Tom Abinnanit. Here are the highlights from those questions
Senator James Skoufis asked if it was a lack of PPE that was “the primary driver” of infection in nursing homes. Balboni responded, “It is very difficult to be able to identify the exact mode of transmission” and that it was a combination of a lot of factors. Skoufis followed up by saying, “But this was at the top of the list?” Balboni said they believed it played a role, but never verbally agreed with Skoufis that this was the main cause of infection. To me it felt like Skoufis was searching for a “get-out-of-jail” card for Cuomo and Zucker. He didn’t get it.
Assemblyman John T. McDonald had environmental questions. He discussed relative humidity of air inside of a building as potentially playing a major role in how actively the virus could be transmitted. He asked if there is humidity testing in the nursing homes. Both Balboni and Heyman said there is not. Balboni said there could be an introduction of UV light in the ventilation systems to neutralize viruses. These are all valid concerns as we know respiratory viruses are mostly transmitted as aerosolized particles in the air. We have thus far been told that the novel coronavirus is only transmitted through droplets, however there are hundreds of scientists who disagree with this and believe the virus is airborne.
Senator Gustavo Rivera, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, asked about how nursing home deaths were reported. This is a crucial point that we must get an answer to in order to know the total number of seniors who died. Balboni said they followed the guidelines in the “HERD” survey (I don’t know what survey that is) and they didn’t take a look at deaths outside of the guidance on that survey. Balboni said the challenge is determining the cause of death. The medical examiners don’t determine the cause of death but rather the clinicians do, and there is “subjectivity.” Balboni echoed a very important point that the Medical Freedom community has been saying for months. There is no way to pin point and say what the precise reason is that someone died. If someone had emphysema for 20 years, contracted coronavirus and then died, we cannot say what precisely killed them.
This is correct, and goes directly against the CDC guidance telling clinicians to presume COVID as the cause of death for death certificates. I appreciate Balboni’s honesty on this.
Assemblyman Ron Kim was up next and said when he surveyed nursing homes they told him they only heard from the New York Department of Health (NYDOH) when the department wanted updated death count numbers. He stated that Cuomo provided legal indemnity to protect frontline workers, but also gave blanket immunity to all health care administrators. Kim asked Balboni and Heyman if they had lobbied for that indemnification, both said no, they did not. Balboni went on to make the point that health care providers are legally required to provide a “reasonable standard of care” to their patients, but that during a pandemic the definition of “reasonable standard of care” changes. Kim asked, “Are we better prepared now?” Both men said “Yes.” Kim gave a thumbs up, and that was it (his time ran out).
Senator Sue Serino asked such softball questions I am not going to report on them. I would have thought a Republican would have grilled harder and deeper, but she did not.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne brought up an important topic – vacancy rates at nursing homes. Neil stated the increase in vacancy was directly related to the stopping of elected surgery. Elected surgery releases is the biggest driver of nursing home occupancy. Think of someone getting a hip replacement and then moving into a nursing home for the first time. Balboni said this is the next crisis coming in long term care. Currently nursing homes are barely making payroll. There were residents who were in nursing homes for the past 10 years who left and they are not coming back any time soon. Nursing homes face an incredible struggle to keep their doors open. Byrne asked if vacancy rates are dropping now? The answer is no. The fact that people can’t visit loved ones in nursing homes is stopping people from becoming residents. “We’ve never seen this before,” said Balboni, and it is a budding crisis that could cause nursing homes to shutdown.
Assemblyman Tom Abinanti focused on getting family members back in to nursing homes to visit loved ones. Abinanti sated family members are not visitors they should be viewed as part of the staff, part of the treatment for the senior in the nursing home. Balboni agreed with this. Abinanti asked if they had a plan to bring back visitors. Neil said that there is no plan at this time. Everyone is focused and concerned with caution. Balboni said he is confident that the ‘individual facillities’ can come up with plans to bring family visitors back safely. Abinanti asked if they had any numbers to show what the transmission risk was fromfamily members? They did not have any data on that subject.
This coverage is not comprehensive of the entire all-day hearing. Stay tuned to this blog as I will be publishing as much as possible regarding this hearing, and the upcoming hearing next week focused on nursing home deaths that occurred in upstate New York.