DENVER (CBS4) – There are presently 504 folks hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado, and Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday renewed his plea for extra residents to get totally vaccinated towards the coronavirus to gradual the unfold. In a dramatic second throughout a morning information convention, he quoted a Bible verse.
He used well-known language from the Gospel of Matthew to emphasise that getting the vaccine isn’t nearly private safety.
“It’s additionally about greater than particular person selection. It’s about our accountability to 1 different. As a result of if you happen to’re unvaccinated it’s possible you’ll suppose you’ll get mild signs … however it’s additionally about these you would doubtlessly infect — your aunts, your uncles, your aged neighbors.
“The Gospel of Matthew states ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self.’ And getting vaccinated to guard your self firstly protects you, however it’s additionally an act of affection to guard your neighbor and people who you’re round by decreasing their threat,” he mentioned.
Colorado presently has a charge of 73.14% of residents immunized with not less than one dose of the vaccine. 65.4% of all eligible Coloradans are totally vaccinated. Polis mentioned these numbers are higher than many different states, however nonetheless not sufficient to achieve herd immunity towards COVID.
For these Coloradans nonetheless taking a wait-and-see strategy to vaccination and those that haven’t gotten round to it and possibly “want an additional nudge,” Polis says he hopes these folks will take the state up on the possibility to earn some money for getting vaccinated.
Eligible Coloradans who obtain a primary or second dose at a taking part state-operated vaccine clinic will get a $100 Walmart present card. The present certificates can be found to anybody 12 years and older. Get extra data at covid19.colorado.gov/coloradocomebackcash.
It’s not the primary time Polis, who is Jewish, has talked about Bible verses for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started. He quoted from Ecclesiastes, the Bible’s third chapter, in March 2020 when he issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The order expired roughly a month later.
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