California has been vaccinating convicted criminals for several weeks. After claiming to prioritize the elderly and most vulnerable, state officials allowed young and healthy inmates to receive the COVID vaccine ahead of the elderly and sick.
Inmates’ attorneys have been pushing to rapidly vaccinate about 9,000 inmates who have underlying medical conditions and haven’t previously been infected, the Associated Press reported. These are the same attorneys who have been urging federal and state judges and the governor since March to let more inmates out of prison to create space to isolate the sick and protect those who are vulnerable.
Couple these irregularities with California’s dismal rate of distribution of the vaccine – one of the worst in the country with only about a quarter of available doses administered – while the most vulnerable are not only isolated away from family, they are dying.
Prisoners also Benefit from State Unemployment Fraud
Unemployment insurance fraud in the state appears to have topped $8 billion, according to a new study from the California Center for Jobs and the Economy – while hundreds of thousands of employees and families haven’t received unemployment benefits, or have been cut off by the EDD.
The Los Angeles Times reports that while the vaccines became available in the U.S. in mid-December, only 3% of California facilities in the program had been scheduled for their first visit from a vaccination team as of Sunday. “It wasn’t until Monday that state health officials, who set the priorities for the vaccine program, authorized the pharmacies to start vaccinating at assisted living facilities, according to a statement sent to The Times by CVS.”
This is a stunning revelation as the majority of COVID-19 deaths across the country are the elderly. In California, the Department of Public Health reports that 75% of the COVID deaths are in people 65 and order, as this chart shows.
As the Globe reported this week, California health officials announced Wednesday that all California residents age 65 and older would be next in line to receive the vaccine following the first phase given to health care workers – but not scheduled to begin until sometime in late January.
Large vaccination sites are also currently being built up in stadiums, fairgrounds, and even theme parks in large population counties.
But many over the age of 65 are in nursing homes, and not only can’t leave the nursing facility, but cannot be exposed to large crowds.
There are many stories of Californians jumping in the front of the line to get a COVID vaccination, including non-medical employees of health care companies. The Globe learned of two individuals who represent health care companies when lobbying the Legislature, who boasted about receiving the vaccine on social media.
California’s behemoth incompetent bureaucracy managed to provide convicted criminals the COVID vaccine before the most vulnerable citizens in our state, and sent upwards of $8 billion of fraudulent unemployment benefits to convicts and out of state fraudsters, while small business owners and employees have been in a forced shut-down by Gov. Gavin Newsom for the last 10 months.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
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