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Alabama governor: I want folks to get vaccinated

Gov. Kay Ivey gives the State of the State Address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in the old house chamber of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey gives the State of the State Address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in the old house chamber of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. | Photo: AP Photo / Vasha Hunt.

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Updated: July 23, 2021 01:40 PM
Created: July 23, 2021 01:35 PM

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told reporters Thursday the blame for the new surge in cases is with people who refuse to get vaccinated.

The governor said she doesn't like another mask mandate, but she also doesn't know how to convince more people to get their COVID-19 shots.

Her comments come in response to an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in Alabama's largest metro area because a new, highly contagious variant is spreading among the unvaccinated.

The head of the area health department said public places should consider a return to requiring face masks.

Dr. Mark Wilson, the health officer for Jefferson County, said that with only 31% of the population fully vaccinated and nearly all the new, most serious cases among people who aren't inoculated, the state's vaccination rate is "way, way below" what is needed to control the pandemic.

Alabama along with Mississippi have the two lowest vaccination rates among U.S. states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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