Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has come out and blamed the current spike of coronavirus cases the state of Alabama is experiencing on those who have refused to take the COVID vaccine, saying they are “choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.”
As of this report, there are 11,004 new cases of COVID-19 in Alabama that have been reported over the last two weeks, according to data collected by the state, which is something Ivey suggests could have been avoided with a bit more common sense.
“The new cases in COVID are because of unvaccinated folks,” Ivey stated on 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 went on to say. “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 went so far as to say that the “only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” while blaming social media companies for allowing people to share information about vaccines that he and his administration claim is false.
The bottom line here is that those who have decided not to be vaccinated have done so because they do not feel they have enough information concerning these vaccines to make an appropriate choice.
And to be fair, there’s a lot of conflicting information out there about how safe the vaccines are. These individuals are just making personal decisions for themselves when it comes to their health care. And they do have that right.