At the end of July, Governor Kristi Noem said her fleeting promotion of coronavirus vaccines in April and May had saturated public awareness and that she didn’t to risk people tuning her out by pushing vaccines any more. “You might see more communication from us,” she told AP, “if we start seeing cases dramatically increase.”
One year ago, when we were trying to piece together a safe return to school and cobbling together mask and quarantine and remote learning protocols in the school and wishing Operation Warp Speed would work faster, our peak seven-day moving average for new daily covid-19 cases was 306 on September 3, 2020. When you spoke of your saturation point on July 30, 2021, our seven-day moving average of new daily cases had risen from 18 on June 30 to 101 on July 28, a 460% increase. Our daily moving average hit 570 on September 3, another 460% increase.
A 460% increase seems dramatic to me, especially now that we have a vaccine that could flatten that curve. But I guess since Governor Noem didn’t see a 460% increase as dramatic on July 30, she won’t see that increase as dramatic now, and she will remain silent and deadly on vaccines.
Related Reading: If Governor Noem really loved babies, she’d join doctors in telling pregnant women to get their coronavirus vaccines:
Throughout the last year and a half, Dr. Kimberlee McKay with Avera Medical Group has had to see multiple pregnant patients become severely sick and, in some cases, give birth early because of complications from a COVID-19 diagnosis.
…That’s why doctors are urging pregnant patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Elizabeth Miller is an Ob/Gyn with Sanford Health; she’s also a mom.
“So one of the things that I share with my patients to help them feel confident about getting the vaccine is that I got the vaccine when I was fifteen weeks pregnant with my son,” Miller said. “And it was one of the first times that I felt hopeful in this pandemic, knowing that I was more protected and that my son would be born with protection as well.”
Dr. Miller says 150,000 pregnant people have received the vaccine nationally. She says the vaccine is safe for expecting parents, but it also provides extra safety for the baby.
“And also, when moms get the vaccine in pregnancy, it passes antibodies through the placenta to baby and can help protect babies against COVID when they’re born,” Miller said. “Babies can’t get the vaccine so this is one of the best ways that moms can protect their babies too” [Lauren Soulek, “The Increased Risks of Covid-19 in Pregnancy and Why Doctors Are Urging the Vaccine,” KELO-TV, 2021.09.05].
Love your baby and everybody else’s: get your shots!