Ala. Gov: I want folks to get vaccinated

Governor Kay Ivey speaks at a coronavirus update briefing in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 14, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Governor Kay Ivey in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Gov. Kay Ivey in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:18 PM PT – Friday, July 23, 2021

The Governor of Alabama has urged more residents of the state to get vaccinated. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) blamed the surge in COVID-19 cases on people who have refused to get the vaccine.

Ivey asserted she didn’t want another statewide mask mandate, but added she didn’t know how to encourage more people to get vaccinated. This comes after state health officials have recommended another mask mandate in open public areas due to a rise in Delta variant cases in metropolitan localities.

“I want folks to get vaccinated. That’s the cure. That prevents everything,” she asserted. “Why do we want to mess around with just temporary stuff? We don’t need to encourage people to just go just half way with curing this disease.”

Alabama, along with Mississippi, has one of the lowest vaccination rates nationwide with just 40 percent of residents over the age of 12 having been inoculated.

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