New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told a Brooklyn megachurch that vaccines against the COVID-19 virus come “from God to us,” and appealed for “apostles” to spread the word among less-smart vaccine skeptics who she said are ignoring God.

Speaking at the Christian Cultural Center, Ms. Hochul declared, “I prayed a lot to God during this time. Our prayers were answered by God. He made smartest scientists, doctors, and researchers he helped them to develop a vaccine that was from God to us .”

The Democratic lawmaker said, “And we have to say, Thank you, God. Thank you

The pastor of the church, the Rev. A.R. Bernard, survived a bout of COVID-19.

Ms. Bernard is a Roman Catholic who apparently met him during her 2018 campaign to become the state’s lieutenant Governorship. Following the resignation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo over sex-harassment charges.

The two reconnected when Mr. Cuomo, also besieged by scandals involving COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes, resigned last month.

“I know you’re vaccinated. You’re the smart one,” Ms. Hochul said to the megachurch congregation.

But you know that there are people who don’t listen to God. [to] What God wants. This is what said.

You know their names,” Ms. Hochul said. “I need you as my apostles. I need you go out and discuss it and say, ‘We owe that to each other.'” she added. This refers to getting vaccinated.

The governor invoked a key Christian principle to support her anti-vaccine argument.

Jesus taught us to love each other. How do you show love? By caring enough to say “Please get vaccinated, because I love and want you to live.” She stated, “I want our children to be safe in school, and I want you to be secure.”

Ms. She added, “We must solve this, my friends. Every one of you is important to me. This is how we can combat this pandemic. Get back to normal, then talk about the real issues we have to fight systemic racial inequity

. The video of Ms. Hochul’s comments is not available on the Christian Cultural Center ”s website, but was uploaded to Twitter by Disclose.tv (a Passau-based company).

Ms. Hochul‘s remarks came one day before New York’s hospitals began suspending or firing health-care workers for defying state orders to get vaccinated. Monday’s report by Reuters said that some hospitals were forced to delay elective surgery or cut services .”

. Earlier, Ms. Hochul stated that she considered calling the National Guard to replace dismissed staffers. Reuters noted that 16% of the state’s 450,000 hospital workers were not fully vaccinated.

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