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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Thinks It’s Time To Blame The ‘unvaccinated’ For The Rise In Covid-19 Cases

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In a recent interview with the media, Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey expressed her disappointment towards Alabamians who refuse to get vaccinated, contributing to the huge chunk of rising COVID-19 cases in the state. 

In the last two weeks alone, Alabama recorded 9,900 cases of COVID-19 and it can be attributed to the low vaccination rate in the state. Ivey believes that she has done her part well to help the Alabamians, unfortunately, people can’t be forced to get inoculated if they don’t want to.

“The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks. 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,” Gov. Ivey said during an event for Landing in Birmingham Thursday.

“I want folks to get vaccinated, that’s the cure. That prevents everything. Why would we want to mess around with this temporary stuff? We don’t need to encourage people to go halfway in curing this disease. Let’s get it done. We know what it takes to get it done, that’s to get a shot in the arm,” she said.

Kay Ivey may be the oldest governor in the United States at age 76, however, she remains sharp and is even ahead of some of her contemporaries when it comes to trying out solutions. Back in December 2020 when doubts on the efficacy of the vaccines had been preventing people from lining up to get shots, Ivey took the initiative to have her jab to encourage the public.

“I’m trying to save Alabamians. You can have confidence in this vaccine and its effectiveness. And I want to prove that by showing you that I’m willing to take it. So is Dr. Harris and so is Dr. McIntyre,” Ivey said in an interview last year.

“There’s been a lot of people that had a lot of uncertainty about the vaccine. There’s a lot of skepticism in some quarters. And, a whole lot of that are really legitimate, normal questions that people just need to have answered about, did we follow the normal safety protocols and did we do all the things that should be done. We believe that it is a safe and effective vaccine and we have analyzed as much as we can about the data and believe that it’s appropriate for people to use. And so we want to make a statement by getting that vaccine publicly,” Ivey added.

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