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Rising Deaths and Pleas From Republicans Inspire More to Get Vaccinated

The rate of vaccinations is rising. That's a good thing.
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US Covid 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000

Delta Variant Fears Spur Vaccinations

The lead chart is from the Covid Data Tracker.

The 7-day case rate generally matches states where the vaccinations rate is low. It's not a perfect match, but it is a very good match that is difficult to deny.

The WSJ reports Delta Variant Fears Spur More Americans to Get Covid-19 Vaccine.

In Alabama, where 35% of people are fully vaccinated, the seven-day average of daily vaccinations reached 10,732 on July 28, more than double the figure on July 7, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In Arkansas, where 37% are fully vaccinated, the seven-day average more than doubled to 8,676 over that period, and in Missouri, where 41% are fully vaccinated, it more than doubled to 13,103.

In the U.S. as a whole, 50% of the population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day average of daily doses climbed to about 535,000 on July 27, compared with a recent low of around 431,000 on July 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Florida, where 50% of people are fully vaccinated, the seven-day average of daily vaccinations rose to 60,531 on July 28, a 56% increase over the total on July 7, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Alabama Governor Says "Blame the Unvaccinated"

Please note the Alabama Republican Gov. Ivey says 'start blaming the unvaccinated folks' for rise in Covid cases

"Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down," Ivey told reporters in Birmingham.

House Minority Leader McConnell on Board

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a polio survivor, has ​long advocated for vaccines and has talked about vaccines during multiple visits to his home state of Kentucky, but on Tuesday, he issued one of his fiercest calls to get vaccinated yet.

"These shots need to get in everybody's arm as rapidly as possible, or we're going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don't yearn for, that we went through last year," McConnell said Tuesday. "I want to encourage everybody to do that and to ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice."

States With Low Vaccination Rates Lead in Covid Cases and Deaths

I commented on vaccinations yesterday in States With Low Vaccination Rates Lead in Covid Cases and Deaths, Who's to Blame?

Here are some updated charts.

New Covid Deaths Per Million Top 15 

New Covid Deaths Per Million Top 15 2021-07-30

The data is from Worldometers for a single day specifically July 30, 2021. Single days can skew things a bit. For example, D.C. had three deaths but that amounts to a rate of 4.25 per million.

The rest of the states generally fit the 7-Day Pattern in the lead chart.

New Covid Cases Per Million Top 15 

New Covid Cases Per Million Top 15 2021-07-30

This data is overwhelmingly consistent with low vaccination rates. 

Why the Distrust?

For starters, look no further than Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He has flip-flopped and lied so many times it's arguably a wonder why the vaccination rate is as high as it is.

Also blame Trump, Republican Governors in general, anti-vaxers, Republican Senators, etc.

You Too, Mish?

My post yesterday inspired these comments from readers.

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  1. “Wow, even you Mish. Even by the statistics you've presented the rates are extremely low.”

  2. "I can't trust the government or pharma. The statistics the government collected were misleading."
  3. "Dare one ask how are things in Sweden?"

Regarding Point 3

Gee, let's compare the US to Sweden with widely differing population densities and number of people per household. 

Let's also ignore the fact that people in Sweden generally follow government guidelines while those in the US don't.

And on top of that, let's pretend that Sweden is the perfect measure of Covid for the entire world. 

Regarding Point 2

My bad, this is all nothing but a conspiracy by Bill Gates and the CDC to plant microchips into everyone's brain.

Meanwhile, let's ignore the fact that 99% of the new deaths come from the unvaccinated. 

Oh wait, that's made up, too. It's all part of the broader conspiracy to implant microchips. 

Clearly, Gates already got to Mitch McConnell and the Republican Alabama governor.

Regarding Point 1

Yes, me too. The data speaks for itself and only the foolish deny it. 

Nothing Will Convince Some Like a Near-Death Experience 

Please note that Conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine still hospitalized amid COVID battle

Last week, Mark Valentine, spoke at length on WWTN-FM about his brother’s condition and said his brother now regrets not being an advocate for vaccination.

Phil Valentine has had an afternoon talk radio show on the station for years. He previously advised listeners to get vaccinated only if they thought they would likely die from COVID-19.

On July 11, Valentine confirmed via his Facebook page that he had been diagnosed with the virus.

What's the Point?

Some people on Twitter are rooting for Valentine's death to make a point. But what point is that?

Is it better to have a conservative talk show host spreading the word to get vaccinated or not?

Sad State of Affairs

It's a sad state of affairs that someone needs to be on a deathbed before they understand the threat.

Meanwhile, go ahead and mock me until you are where Phil Valentine is today. 

The odds are overwhelming you aren't next. But if you get Covid now, a mere 99% of those who die from Covid are the unvaccinated. 

Well, who cares? Who listens to Conservatives in the hospital anyway?

Expect to Hear "See, I was Right!"

The beauty of it all is that if enough people get vaccinated, the rate of vaccinations itself will eventually cause Covid transmissions to die out.

This in turn will allow the unvaccinated to pound their chests and say "See, I was right!" as if the 610,000+ who died don't matter at all.