Republican Gov. Kay Ivey blamed people without COVID-19 vaccinations for the rising case numbers in Alabama, saying they are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.”
“The new cases in COVID are because of unvaccinated folks,” Ivey said Thursday. “Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks, and the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.”
Ivey called the vaccine “the greatest weapon we have to fight COVID” and said the unvaccinated are failing to do their part.
“Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” she said. “I’ve done all I know how to do. I can encourage you to do something, but I can’t make you take care of yourself.”
Data from the state health department shows that 1,575,798 Alabamians, or about 33.9% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. That puts it among the least-vaccinated of all 50 states, according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Federal officials have promoted a similar line as Ivey’s on the state of the pandemic.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called the increase in cases, which are occurring across the country, evidence of a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
President Joe Biden said that “the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated” in blaming social media companies for allowing false information about vaccines and other matters to spread on their platforms.
Some authorities have already moved to require masks for students and teachers for the fall semester as the delta coronavirus variant spreads and young children remain ineligible for vaccines. Chicago Public Schools will require masks for staff and pupils, regardless of vaccination status, upon their return to class, as will schools in Atlanta.
Ivey declined to say the state would recommend or require young children to wear face masks in school.
“That’s left up to every school in the district to make that decision,” she said.
Source: Washington Examiner : Alabama governor blames unvaccinated for ‘letting us down’ amid case increase