Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey blamed those who still refuse to get vaccinated for the surge in Covid-19 cases in her state on Thursday.
“People are supposed to have common sense,” Ivey told reporters during a press conference in Birmingham.
Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US, with only 34% of its population fully vaccinated. It is tied with Mississippi for that percentage. It currently outstrips four other states for the percentage of residents who have received at least one injection, according to the New York Times. Meanwhile, 38% of the state received at least one dose of vaccine, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It is time to start blaming unvaccinated people, not people. It’s the unvaccinated people who are letting us down, “Ivey said.
When asked about reinstating the mask mandates and other restrictions, Ivy told reporters that she had done everything she could to fight the virus, but “I can’t make you take care of yourself. ”
In the past two weeks, cases in Alabama have risen 311%, a Covid-19 tracker from the New York Times found.
This surge in cases comes at a time when the more contagious and deadly Delta variant is making its way across the country, especially affecting unvaccinated Americans.
“Almost 100 percent of new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated people,” Ivey said. “And deaths certainly occur with unvaccinated people. These people are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain.”
No new pandemic measures have been implemented in the state of Alabama.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said that people should consider wearing masks indoors as a precaution against the highly contagious Delta variant in the U.S. Regardless of its status. vaccination.