Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said Tuesday it is important people across the country get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to avoid shutdowns this fall.
In a press briefing, McConnell said 97 percent of the COVID-19 hospitalizations across the country are unvaccinated individuals. He expressed his concern that many Americans are still not getting vaccinated despite “three highly-effective vaccines being developed in under a year.”
McConnell, a polio survivor himself, stressed the incredible nature of the vaccine development and effectiveness noting it took seven decades to produce two effective polio vaccines.
“These shots need to get into arms as rapidly as possible, or else we’re gonna be back in a situation this fall that we don’t yearn for like what we went through last year,” McConnell said.
McConnell’s comments come as the United States struggles with the highly contagious and dangerous delta variant of COVID-19. On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear noted cases of the virus on the rise again across the Commonwealth and put out new recommendations that all unvaccinated Kentuckians should wear masks indoors when not in their homes and other Kentuckians, vaccinated or unvaccinated, should also be taking precautions including masking.
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