While the percentage of South Dakotans who have taken the full safe and effective coronavirus vaccine remains below 54%, and while the state’s biggest tourist bacchanal is set to bring bikers from all over a country where the Delta variant of covid-19 is driving daily case counts that are as bad as last July’s, part-time Governor Kristi Noem has not encouraged or even mentioned coronavirus vaccines on her official Twitter account all month. Kevin Woster agrees with me that a regular and sincere “Get Your Shots” campaign from our governor “could increase our state’s vaccinated percentage by 10 or 20 percent, and even help raise vaccinated rates in other red states.” Alas, Noem’s been preoccupied with other great menaces, like immigrants and sparklers.
Coronavirus is surging because not enough Americans have gotten vaccinated. By not getting your shots and not maintaining pandemic prevention precautions, you open the door for the virus to spread. Get your shots.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is responding to the surge in Delta-variant infections and hospitalizations by telling his people to get their shots, even though members of his right-wing base are calling him a “sellout” to “political correctness”. Promoting public health is not political correctness; it is correct policy. Get your shots.
Minnesota’s health officials are doing their job:
“There definitely is a mindset that we’re done with COVID,” Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said during a briefing for reporters. “But it’s more accurate to say that that we’re in a critical transition phase.”
The commissioner said the state has made important progress and now has much better tools for fighting the pandemic. But she warned that the state has not reached herd immunity, and that vaccination rates in some parts of Minnesota are far below average. The variant will find unprotected people and infect them at much higher rates, she said.
The delta variant has gone from causing less than 1% of Minnesota cases to over three-quarters in just a few weeks, said Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease director.
Malcolm said unvaccinated Minnesotans make up the vast majority of the state’s new cases and hospitalizations. “Breakthrough cases” among vaccinated Minnesotans remain “very rare,” she said, adding that 99.9% of Minnesotans who are fully vaccinated have not contracted the virus.
Put another way, Ehresmann said, fewer than 3,900 out of nearly 3 million fully vaccinated Minnesotans have had breakthrough cases [Steve Karnowski, “Minnesota Officials Urge Shots as Delta Variant Surges,” AP, 2021.07.26].
The vaccines work, even against the Delta variant. Get your shots.
Noem’s Beltway-imported Health propagandist Dan Bucheli has said “There will be no covid-19 vaccination mandates in South Dakota,” but South Dakotans working at Sanford Health will have to get their shots to keep their jobs. So will health care workers across the border at the Mayo Clinic.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is following suit, telling its health care employees they need to support our (former) troops by getting their shots:
Department of Veterans Affairs leaders will require all health care employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine by mid-September or lose their jobs under a new policy announced Monday.
Officials said the move is designed “to keep the veterans [VA] serves safe].” The mandate has been discussed as a possibility in recent weeks, but the recent nationwide surges in the Delta variant of the virus pushed leaders to enact the change now.
All Title 38 employees — including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors — who work in Veterans Health Administration facilities or provide direct care to veterans on VA’s behalf will have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated.
“Whenever a veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement. “With this mandate, we can once again make and keep that fundamental promise” [Leo Shane III, “VA Health Care Workers Will Be Required to Get Covid-19 Vaccines to Keep Their Jobs,” Military Times, 2021.07.26].
The American Medical Association, the American Nursing Association, and dozens of other national health organizations agree that “all medical workers have an ethical commitment to put their patients first” and thus should be required to get their shots.
The NFL is requiring its players and coaches to get vaccinated. The Kansas City Chiefs are offering coronavirus vaccinations in conjunction with Garth Brooks’s sold-out August 7 concert at Arrowhead stadium. Kristi Noem may be unwilling to put her cheerleaders skills to work for coronavirus vaccines, but we all need to be team players. Get Your Shots!!!
Yes this really bugs me. Early on she never advocated mask usage. Safety of SD citizens should be #1 priority for any governor. Hopefully SD can realize this by time Elections roll around. Then she claimed to be a home health nurse?LOL.
But, CH, don’t you know the Covid crisis is over? Why, just today I read that our wonderful and intelligent governor has decreed that SD prison personnel don’t need to wear masks.
I have people I love who won’t get the vaccine (nothing will change that), so even though I’m vaccinated, I’m thinking it’s time to start masking up at the stores again, so that I won’t be the one to kill my loved ones.
Unquenchable guilt on top of abject despair would be more than I could bear.
Porter’s Discussion with the Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitant.
Them – You can’t force me to do something I don’t want to do!
Me – You’re 50% correct.
Them – What’s that supposed to mean, libtard?
Me – I’ll explain and you stop insulting me.
-No one in America will ever be held down and forced to undergo a medical procedure contrary to their desires. NEVER!
-No one in America will be forced to endure public spaces that are unhealthy and dangerous, either.
-You absolutely have a right to refuse to be vaccinated however we have the right to refuse you admittance to a myriad of public places unless you’ve a proof of vaccination card or have had a very recent Covid-19 test with negative results. You’ll be required to show proof of that test and proof of your identity upon entry to hospitals, parks, mass transit, beaches, public trails, libraries, court houses, common areas of jails, parking garages, public sidewalks, public markets and more.
-Them – I’ll think about it but you’re still a libtard.
~ Enough Carrots – Time for Sticks! ~
It’s less than a month ago COVID Kristi harangued fellow Republican governors at CPAC for chickening out on letting people die from and pass along the virus. She got big applause (but no boost in polling among Republican voters) for being stupid and reckless with other people’s lives:
“We’ve got Republican governors across this country pretending they didn’t shut down their states; that they didn’t close their regions; that they didn’t mandate masks. Now I’m not picking fights with Republican governors. All I’m saying is that we need leaders with grit. That their first instinct is the right instinct.
“Demand honesty from your leaders and make sure that every one of them is willing to make the tough decisions. South Dakota did not do any of those (measures). We didn’t mandate. We trusted our people and it told them that personal responsibility was the best answer.”
Love it! Demand honesty. Kinda hard to take all of that back now. Time to double down and be dumberer.
COVID Kristi calls that protecting your freedoms. From what, I don’t know. I guess when you’re dead you’re free.
“Coronavirus is surging because not enough Americans have gotten vaccinated”
This is demonstrably false:
“Safety of SD citizens should be #1 priority for any governor”
I don’t understand why she hasn’t rolled out a vitamin program, and allowed poor families on EBT to purchase vitamins with their accounts.
Well…corona virus, especially the new Delta mutant, is surging among the unvaccinated. Recently, a neighbor’s sister in law died in her mid fifties of Covid. Unvaccinated. All I can say, is “Old lives matter”.
I’ll take NPR’s word covid cases are rising due to high numbers of unvaccinated goofballs over anything Johnny Rabbit Hole Refugee publishes.
Appears to be demonstrably true.
The coronovirus is surging because of bona-fide idiots. Is that OK John Dale?
Cory, she’s running for President. What’s more important, a few dozen more people dying in South Dakota or Kristi rallying the base of fools? Everyone dies sometime.
Is this john Dale’s pastor? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7ZbOICz63g
Threatening congregation members with expulsion from HIS church if they wear masks.
There is no conclusive proof the covid bugs cannot spread by the internets or the 5 Gs. In fact, the 5 Gs might just vibrate them into being more contagious than ever. Mr. H, you should require bloggers here at this blog place to state that they are immunized.
dear get thee behind me mike from iowa: I’m thinking about joining a church, now. He seems pretty fun and he’s acting like he knows we’re in a war.
Interestingly, an interesting gentleman named David Ike makes those claims, Grudznick. It’s a hypothesis for which I’m awaiting confirmation/disconformation.
5G does genetic damage and causes cancer, has never had a reasonable public funded safety study, and is not insurable (at present) from any reputable insurance company or standard insurance policy. If it can also be used to crate flu-like symptoms, well that would be strange, wouldn’t it?
In fact, I do recall reading a patent and/or military white paper about 5G causing .. ahem .. flu like symptoms.
Can you confirm? I’m researching several things related to all the vote audits happening around the country in preparation for Trump taking office again in Jan 2023. ;)
Riddle me this:
Tenpenny seems to be correct (between 4 and 18 months).
Mr. Dale…American tanks will roll through the streets of American Cities before Donald Trump ever takes office again.
He is fleecing his sheep, like a typical kristian magat. Didn’t Johnny say there was a medical reason her couldn’t get vaccinated before it became vitamins and healthy immune system?
I have another data point:
dear get thee behind me mike from iowa: you’re referring to Christians as maggots.
Arlo – I took a screen shot of your comment.
I think the deep state’s profession that Trump will not take office again is a sign of weakness.
It’s like a perverted fantasy, that tanks would roll through the streets to keep Trump out of office.
So, how does “President Alex Jones” sound?
Do you want President Jones? Cause this is how you get President Jones.
That is all.
Coronavirus is “surging’ (have you proved this to yourself?) because we’re testing.
Those bugs are everywhere. They always have been. They always will be.
Admission of the development of bioweapons and appropriate punishment in the US and in China is a nice step in the right direction.
Mr. Dale, grudznick confirms.
Those bugs are everywhere. They always have been. They always will be.
Logic tells us they aren’t man made, then. Strike too many to count. you’re way out.
Cory needs to stop John Dale’s dangerous misinformation before someone dies.
One additional concern for me; is further mutation of the virus into something that can’t be controlled by the current vaccines. It seems the longer this is prolonged the more probable a more deadly variant with come into play.. I purchased a box of N95’s today.
Francis, your concern is valid. The more people are still easy targets for coronavirus, the more chances the virus gets to reproduce. Every reproduction of the virus is a roll of the evolutionary dice. The more times the virus gets to roll its dice, the more chances it has to come up with a new, stronger, more virulent, more deadly combination that escapes the current vaccines.
One of our biggest failings amidst this pandemic is to think statistically instead of personally and selfishly.
Everyone, ignore John Dale’s comments on coronavirus. He is lying.
Here’s what you’re summoning:
Benny Johnson – Chief Creative Office – Turning Point USA ..
Only in your wet dreams, john dale.
“One additional concern for me; is further mutation of the virus into something that can’t be controlled by the current vaccines. It seems the longer this is prolonged the more probable a more deadly variant with come into play.. I purchased a box of N95’s today.”
This is a very valid concern that was predicted by whistleblowers 18 months ago.
I have no problem with you wearing a mask. Also, review what the CDC says about micronutrients and consult with a reputable humanity first doctor about boosting your immune system with vitamins:
Especially for kids.