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Mutant Alert: Majority Still Not Fully Vaccinated; SD Ranks 19th, Behind MN, NY

Thanks to the science and good sense, coronavirus cases nationwide are down to where they were last June, and deaths from covid are down to last July’s level. But the majority of you who haven’t gotten fully vaccinated are giving coronavirus more opportunity to mutate and harm:

Health experts worry that areas with low vaccination rates could give rise to new virus variants that are more resistant to vaccinations.

“My biggest concern is new strains of the virus and the need to remain vigilant in the months ahead,” said Boston College public health expert Dr. Philip J. Landrigan.

A medical center in Louisiana reported Friday it has identified the state’s first two cases of a COVID-19 variant that has spread widely since being identified in India. The COVID-19 variant has been classified as a “variant of concern” by Britain and the World Health Organization, meaning there is some evidence that it spreads more easily between people, causes more severe disease, or might be less responsive to treatments and vaccines. The variant has also been reported in several other states, including Tennessee, Nebraska and Nevada [“New Covid-19 Cases Haven’t Been This Low in the U.S. Since Last June,” AP via NPR, 2021.05.23].

Becker’s Hospital Review reads CDC data and says 39.2% of us Americans are fully vaccinated. South Dakota is ahead of that average at 41.85%, but we’ve slipped from leading the nation to trailing eighteen other states, including Iowa (17th at 42.49%), Minnesota (11th at 44.29%), and New York (10th at 44.96%). Four states—Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and #1 Maine—have surpassed the 50% mark.


  1. CK 2021-05-24 11:22

    Are the reservation/IHS numbers figured in now? They weren’t before.

  2. Porter Lansing 2021-05-24 12:14

    Many unvaccinated Republicans and unvaccinated minorities have something in common: They are working class. And there is a huge class gap in vaccination behavior.

    -Here is a look at vaccination behavior by racial groups and political identification, based on polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation:

    -As you can see, working-class members of every group are less likely to have received a vaccine and more likely to be skeptical.

    -You can’t understand the country’s struggle to vaccinate everyone — and save thousands of lives — without understanding the class gap.

  3. Mark Anderson 2021-05-24 15:28

    Rand Paul’s curley hair is keeping him immune.

  4. Arlo Blundt 2021-05-24 20:34

    Well…having gone through the polio vaccinations of the 1950’s, I find this avoidance hard to understand. I suppose its a distrust of “them”, the educated, economically comfortable folks who run “things”.There is a chasm of trust between “us” and “them” and a feeling that while it might be fine for the “others”, its best to avoid any mass culture edicts. As a people, we’re much more tribal and provincial than you might think.

  5. grudznick 2021-05-24 21:04

    Mr. Blundt types wisely and with insight grudznick shares.

  6. John Dale 2021-05-25 11:56

    “Thanks to the science and good sense”

    The jury is, shall we say, definitely still out on that.


    Covid was a fraud .. it exists, but the reasons why are of epic illegal proportions.

    Truly a big lie.

  7. Richard F Schriever 2021-05-25 14:11

    Mr Dale – you certainly are familiar with (have all the best insider knowledge about) how lies work now, aren’t you. Why you’re practically a professional at the art of lying – right?

  8. mike from iowa 2021-05-25 15:30

    Covid was a fraud only in the sense that drumpf claimed it was a hoax, and then it hit the echo-chamber, where it became the second big lie of 2020.

  9. Mark Anderson 2021-05-25 17:23

    Oh John, I really needed the laugh, is your music as funny as your logic?

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