The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reports:
Amid Mississippi’s largest surge in COVID-19 cases and with the state’s hospitals stretched beyond capacity, Governor Tate Reeves on Friday encouraged Mississippians to get vaccinated. The encouragement came in between attacks on the press, him questioning the efficacy of face masks at preventing the spread of the coronavirus and general vaccine misinformation.
Reeves repeatedly said it is rare for a vaccinated person to contract COVID-19 or to be able to spread the virus. When asked to verify those claims, Dobbs said the vaccine does limit a person’s exposure to the virus, but it is roughly only two-thirds effective at preventing the spread of it, even among asymptomatic cases. He said there would be no vaccine mandate for state employees, and questioned whether public entities have the legal authority to even mandate vaccines.
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Governor Tate is quite the dick https://t.co/rL7EbEZIyg
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) August 13, 2021
On the day Mississippi recorded a record amount of COVID-19 cases, Governor @tatereeves says there are risks associated with taking the vaccine, like potential side effects.
— Andrés Fuentes (@news_fuentes) August 13, 2021
“Thousands upon thousands of COVID cases have overwhelmed the state’s hospitals. There are no intensive care unit beds left in the state. No normal hospital beds, either.
There’s even a waiting list for patients to get into the medical tent, Jones said.”https://t.co/2JZWhWaL7j
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) August 13, 2021
.@TateReeves: “I’m not going to sit up here and answer every crazy idea y’all come up with because it’s not productive.”
Nearly every question has been incisive and intelligent. He just can’t or won’t answer most of them because they don’t fit his narrative. This was telling.
— Donna Ladd (@DonnerKay) August 13, 2021
Today, @tatereeves said he hasn’t encouraged vaccinations more vocally because it wouldn’t make a difference.
Tate argued that not very many people voted for him and that he only won because of MS’s low voter turnout—and that he can’t make a difference with other MSians. pic.twitter.com/hy0E0JLLQX
— PAGING DR. REEVES (@jallen1985) August 13, 2021
Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) after extending COVID state of emergency:
“I don’t believe in mask-shaming on either side.” pic.twitter.com/L1z7gXbMBr
— The Recount (@therecount) August 13, 2021