Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, proclaimed in another meeting that the COVID-19 emergency is “over” and that he will not be executing another statewide mask order in light of the spread of the omicron variant, clarifying that in case individuals aren’t vaccinated now it’s their “own darn fault” in case they become ill.
“Everyone had a sizable amount of freedom to get vaccinated,” Polis told media on Friday. “Hopefully it’s been at your pharmacy, your grocery store, a bus near you, [or at] big events. At this point, if you haven’t been vaccinated, it’s really your own darn fault.”
“The people who become sick, it’s on the whole their own darn issue,” he proceeded. “I would rather not say that no one [will get the virus in case they’re] vaccinated, yet entirely it’s extremely uncommon. Just to place it in context, of the around 1400 individuals hospitalized, under 200 (or 16 percent) are vaccinated. Furthermore large numbers of them are more established or have different conditions. 84% individuals in our emergency clinics are unvaccinated, and they totally got each opportunity to get vaccinated.”
“And at this point, I think it’s almost like they made a deliberate decision not to get vaccinated,” he added. “I still encourage everybody who hasn’t been vaccinated to get protected. And for those who are, make sure to get that booster after six months. The data shows it’s important and very likely even more so with this omicron variant.”
Polis said he upheld neighborhood purviews initiating their own commands as indicated by their singular necessities, however that the state should avoid it.
“The crisis is finished,” he said. “You know, public health [officials] don’t get to tell people what to wear; that’s just not their job. Public health [officials] would say to always wear a mask because it decreases flu and decreases [other airborne illnesses]. However, that is not something that you require; you don’t advise individuals what to wear. You don’t advise individuals to wear a coat when they go out in winter and power them to [wear it]. In case they get frostbite, it’s their own darn fault.
“In case you haven’t been vaccinated, that is your decision. I regard that. Yet, it’s your shortcoming when you’re in the emergency clinic with COVID,” he added.
Polis regretted that there is an “other falsehood universe” adding to individuals not getting vaccinated.
“There are individuals that accept you and I are important for some huge conspiracy, Ryan,” he told “Colorado Matters” have Ryan Warner. “Some of them accept there is no COVID; some of them accept the vaccine doesn’t work; some accept that the antibody has extreme secondary effects. Truly they’re in their own bubble, and it’s exceptionally difficult to penetrate.”
The governor’s remarks follow new limitations initiated in a few Denver metro region regions, including a “vax or mask” mandate, which requires businesses to either mandate masks indoors or require customers to provide proof of vaccination.