Hey, neighbors: my wife and I didn’t go get our shots for nothing. But some of you folks with your “vaccine hesitancy”—that’s the au courant term for “knuckleheaded selfishness”—are keeping South Dakota from beating coronavirus and getting back to normal:
South Dakota has been a national leader in providing coronavirus vaccines to older residents and others at high risk of complications from COVID-19.
But as the vaccine rollout expanded to Phase 2, making anyone 16 and older eligible for vaccination, the demand for shots has waned and concerns have risen that herd immunity may be unobtainable.
“It’s definitely concerning, and it’s truly a race against time,” said Dr. Shankar Kurra, vice president of medical affairs at Monument Health in Rapid City. “If we don’t get to that threshold of herd immunity, we could end up losing the race and having a new surge or wave of cases and unfortunately more hospitalizations and deaths.”
…Failure to get enough people vaccinated could allow the current COVID-19 pandemic to linger and raises the likelihood that coronavirus variants, which appear to spread faster and more easily, would take hold and spread freely even among those who were vaccinated against the original version of the virus, Kurra said.
“That is what the race is about, to stop this pandemic, to prevent transmission so we don’t get new variants, and finally to return to normal,” Kurra said. “We can do this and actually end everything, and we won’t have to be talking about COVID anymore” [Bart Pfankuch, “Vaccine Hesitancy in South Dakota Could Prolong Pandemic and Delay a Return to Normal,” South Dakota News Watch, 2021.04.14].
There’s too much at stake—lives and normal community life—to pussyfoot or “invite you to choose.” Every public servant and every patriot should be saying this to every South Dakotan every day until it happens: GET YOUR SHOTS!!!
- South Dakota was leading the nation out of the gate on vaccinations for old folks, but we’ve slipped to sixth place for percentage of residents fully vaccinated, behind Maine, New Mexico, Alaska, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. GET YOUR SHOTS!!!
- Despite our vaccine progress, South Dakota’s case rate has stayed stubbornly high since February and has been rising since our big basketball tournaments in March. GET YOUR SHOTS!!! (and maybe go back to staying home for a few weeks).
- Getting shots in arms of our most vulnerable population has saved lives: our coronavirus death rate over the past week is down to 0.10 per 100K population, notably less than the national rate of 0.23 deaths per 100K. Yet the recent coronavirus death rate in India is 0.08 per 100K, in Cuba it’s 0.07 per 100K, and in the U.K. it’s 0.04 per 100K. GET YOUR SHOTS!!!
- I got my second Pfizer jab eight days ago. I have suffered no noticeable side effects, sprouted no horns, and seen no Deep State drones tracking any injected microchips. GET YOUR SHOTS!!!