Gov. Justice: ‘We’re begging West Virginians to not die,’ reports another COVID-19 variant, false vaccine rumors


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced during his Friday virtual COVID-19 briefing that the state has now confirmed a case of the Brazilian variant of the illness. There are now several hundred cases of various variants in West Virginia, state health officials reported.

There are also 129 “break-through cases,” where someone who has been fully vaccinated has tested positive, officials said. That number is out of nearly 481,000 fully-vaccinated residents.

While he has urged state residents over and over again to get vaccinated, Gov. Justice was even more firm in his pleas Friday.

There has “never been a vaccine that has been this productive and successful. If you want to cling to the exception (the small chance that someone could get COVID even after being vaccinated) beyond belief and ignore the likelihood of you getting this, I guess that’s your right,” Justice said.

“If you choose not(to be vaccinated), the odds are astronomical against you. This is an absolute no-brainer. You are almost more prone to being hit by a meteorite in your front yard than to get a sickness from the vaccine,” the governor continued.

Around 40% of age-eligible state residents have not yet been vaccinated, Justice said.

After being one of the leading states in the world, for many weeks, when it comes to vaccination rates, that has slowed greatly, because “we don’t have arms to get them in people right now,” Justice explained.

The governor also addressed what he called a “false rumor” that is going around among state employees that because the vaccines are approved for emergency use, PEIA won’t pay life insurance should you die, Justice detailed. This is “completely and totally false!” Justice proclaimed.

“I’m exhausted in saying it, you have got to get vaccinated. You’re too good West Virginia to listen to this garbage,” said the governor.

“We’re begging West Virginians to not die. We shouldn’t sit here and be begging and pleading with people to go get their vaccinations. What are we waiting on? The ambulance showing up at the house? I hate to think that the only thing that is going to snap us into reality is the body bags. We’re not concerned nearly to the level we should be,” Justice said.

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