West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said people hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are “not thinking right” and warned they are playing a “death lottery.”
“They really are in a lottery with themselves,” Justice told Martha Raddatz on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC News’ “This Week.”
“You know, we have a lottery that basically says, if you’re vaccinated we’re going to give you stuff,” he continued, referencing the prizes that can be won in exchange for getting the shot in the state, where vaccination rates have significantly slowed in recent weeks.
“Well, you’ve got another lottery going on and it’s the death lottery,” the governor added.
Of Republican reluctance to take the shot that public health officials and scientists deem a safe way to fight the pandemic, Justice said “red states probably have a lot of people that, you know, are very, very conservative in their thinking and they think, ‘Well, I don’t have to do that,’ but they’re not thinking right.”
Raddatz asked Justice what he thought would encourage those who haven’t received the vaccine to do so now.
“Well, Martha, I hate to say this, but what would put them over the edge, is an awful lot of people dying,” he replied. “The only way that’s going to happen is a catastrophe that none of us want. And so we just got to keep trying.”
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