Former President Donald Trump was booed by a crowd of his supporters on Saturday night, after he encouraged the largely maskless audience to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you gotta do what you gotta do,” said Trump at the “Save America” rally in Cullman, Alabama. “But I recommend you take the vaccines. I did it. It's good. Boos rang out from the audience in response. "That's okay, that's alright," he continued. "But I happen to take the vaccine. If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. But it is working. You do have your freedoms, you have to maintain that."
Thousands of Trump supporters came out for the “Save America” rally in Cullman, Alabama where local officials recently declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. 272 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cullman County within the last week. Local news outlet CBS42 reported that, due to the surge in cases, Cullman Regional Medical Center is out of ICU beds. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there have been 272 COVID-19 cases reported in Cullman County within the last week.
On Saturday, the Department of Public Health reported a significant increase in children testing positive for COVID-19 with at least 50 children hospitalized across the state and 9 children on ventilators in a single day. ADPH pediatrician, Dr. Karen Landers said, “All Alabamians need to take the threat of this virus more seriously than ever before and implement all preventive and mitigation measures to protect the children of Alabama.”
Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with just 36.3% of eligible residents reporting full vaccination status, according to data from the CDC. That is up about five percent from a month ago when Republican Governor Kay Ivey pleaded with Alabamians to get vaccinated. “Folks are supposed to have common sense,” said Gov. Ivey.
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