Arkansas governor blames 'myths' for 'hardened' vaccine resistance

The highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant is on the rise in the United States, especially in states like Arkansas where vaccination rates are low. Hutchinson mentioned this fact at the beginning of his interview with Jake Tapper. The vast majority of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths are occurring in unvaccinated individuals. An estimated 97 percent of hospital patients have not been inoculated.Hutchinson described it as a "key moment" in the state's history, with the start of the school year fast approaching. Hutchinson stated that he has been hosting town hall meetings about the importance of being vaccinated. This, he claimed, has led to an increase in vaccinations.Low vaccination rates are what is holding us back. Hutchinson stated that they are doing everything possible. "And I came to the conclusion that the government cannot tell you what to do. It is the community, their engagement, and citizens talking with other citizens and trusted advisors, employers or medical community. These are the key.These comments were made as leaders from under-vaccinated countries fight against coronavirus surges. Alabama Governor is another red-state leader. Kay Ivey, a red-state leader, argued last week that it was time to stop blaming unvaccinated people for the spread.Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, said Sunday that leaders from areas where vaccination is lacking should "speak up" to convince people to get the shot to stop a pandemic resurgence.Hutchinson acknowledged that there is a "very hardened resistance", but called it "a small percentage" and said residents can be persuaded into getting vaccinated."There are more people who come to town meetings to seek information. They have either put it off or are hesitant. He said that they are concerned about the health consequences. "That's why you need a community doctor to answer your questions. We're now seeing people who were previously resistant to the vaccine come in and get it.Tapper asked Hutchinson about the state's ban against mask mandates. The governor agreed to this. Hutchinson called this move "the will of the state Legislature" and stated that the state's sole focus is on vaccination.He said, "I think it's important to not have the current discussion about mask-wearing but to have current emphasis on getting the vaccine."