Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told reporters it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated for the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.
When asked what it will take to get people vaccinated, Ivey said, “Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” Only 34 percent of Alabama residents are fully inoculated.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the state has the highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests, at 40 percent this week. Alabama State Public Health reports, “The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Alabama has risen 39% from June 26, 2021, to July 9, 2021.” Ivey went on to claim, “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.”
President Biden supported the governor’s remarks, saying, “Thank God the governor of Arkansas – excuse me, of Alabama – had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country – is now, and I’m genuinely complimenting her…” Earlier, the president suggested, “What we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
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