Elected officials address vaccinations in the COVID-19 Town Hall Series
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
Gov. Kay Ivey, State Rep. Anthony Daniels and U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville all answered questions during a virtual Town Hall meeting about COVID-19 in Alabama earlier this week.
Ivey continued her push in encouraging Alabamians to get vaccinated. All Alabamians must educate themselves and avoid any misinformation, she said.
“I want to thank the 2 million Alabamians who have rolled up their sleeves and taken the shot and done it without a mandate from Washington or Montgomery,” Ivey said.
Daniels said we are fortunate to have 78% of Alabamians over the age of 65 who are fully vaccinated. However, he thinks there are still fears out there regarding the vaccine.
“I will tell you there’s more optimism, more leaders, like state leaders, that are speaking positive about getting vaccinated and wanting to get Alabama back going again and get our economy back as strong as it was before,” Daniels said.
Tuberville is on the Health Committee in Washington and says he has been disappointed in the lack of consistency on the COVID-19 information.
“We’ve had so many things about masks and about vaccines, the things you can do, can’t do,” Tuberville said. “There wasn’t a lot of therapeutics out there early, of course, everybody thinks if you get COVID-19 you just got it, but there was no avenue of getting over it.”
However, Tuberville also said that progress has been made.
“The vaccine for instance does help, I think it helps,” Tuberville said. “I took it, my family took it, everybody on my staff has taken it. Nobody was forced to. I don’t believe it should be mandated, I think you should have your own choice, it’s a free country.”
Tuberville also mentioned that if it helps, speak to your doctor, pastor or spiritual adviser first.
All three agree that everyone needs to continue to get educated about the vaccine.