BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday the people who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine are risking death needlessly and are “letting us down.”
When asked what it’s going to take to get people vaccinated in the state, Ivey fired back in frustration over the state’s vaccination rate, which is now the lowest in the nation.
“I don’t know. You tell me,” Ivey said. “Folks 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.”
Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson said the coronavirus, including a new highly contagious delta variant, is spreading so rapidly that he believes public places should reconsider a return to requiring masks. Wilson said studies have shown the delta variant can spread between people in less than a minute.
The vast majority of counties in Alabama are considered to be at high risk for the illness.
One Birmingham doctor’s account of treating COVID-19 patients has gone viral. Dr. Brytney Cobia recently shared on Facebook that some of her patients infected with the deadly disease have asked for the vaccine.
“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine,” Cobia wrote. “I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
Top Biden health officials and some White House officials are holding preliminary conversations on revising mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans as the delta variant spreads throughout the U.S., according to multiple sources familiar with discussions.
This story via. WVTM 13.