The governor of Alabama, the least vaccinated state in the United States, has blamed “unvaccinated people” for the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
“People should use common sense,” Kai Ivey said when a reporter asked them what it took to vaccinate more people in the state.
“It is time to blame the unvaccinated people, not the common people. It’s the unvaccinated people who have let us down, ”she said at a press conference on Friday.
When asked if she saw it as her responsibility as governor to try to control the situation, Ivey replied, “I’ve done all I can.”
“I can encourage you to do something, but I can’t get you to take care of yourself,” continued the Republican governor.
The comments may represent some of Ivy’s harshest words about the sustained-release vaccine in her state, but they also highlight the debate in the United States between encouragement and mandates on issues such as wearing masks and vaccinations.
Several states have taken steps to ban so-called vaccination cards or to prevent workers from being vaccinated in the workplace. Alabama is one of them.
In May, Ivey signed a law banning public institutions and private companies from requiring passports for vaccines. But the state’s Fort Rucker military base this month ordered troops to produce evidence of their vaccination so they can be exempted from wearing face masks on the ground.
Alabama has vaccinated 33.9 percent of its total population, which is the lowest vaccination rate in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, one of the state’s college football teams managed to get vaccinated Almost 90 percent his players, so his coach.
Public health officials have been warning for weeks that communities with low vaccination rates are most at risk of contracting Covid-19, especially the more highly communicable Delta variant. Several states with low vaccination coverage, such as Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi, have some of the highest rates of novel coronavirus infection per capita in the United States.
Alabama has recorded an average of 19.5 cases per 100,000 population over the past week, according to the CDC. This is the ninth highest per capita rate among the US states and the highest daily infection rate since mid-February.