“There is no good reason not to get the vaccine. We have to finish the job. And I know there is some skepticism, but let me put it its way – it might not guarantee you don’t get it, but it almost guarantees you won’t. Don’t die if you get it, ”McConnell said at an event in Kentucky.
McConnell has long publicly advocated for Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but his latest comments come as a USA Today analysis found that COVID-19 cases were on the rise in nearly half of US states and that there are concerns about the spread of the delta variant.
He warned on Tuesday that the United States was not yet in the “end zone” to be vaccinated.
“The only solution in the end is the vaccine. … We’re in the red zone with the vaccines, but we’re not quite in the end zone, ”said McConnell.
Almost 67% of adults in the United States have received at least one injection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while about 58% are fully immunized.
However, this percentage varies considerably from state to state.
Just under 30% of Mississippi is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Mayo Clinic, while, at the other end of the spectrum, 66% of Vermont residents are fully vaccinated.
Arkansas, another state with a lower percentage of fully vaccinated residents, is among the states seeing an increase in cases.