No mask mandate and people should decide alone if they will get the vaccine, SC Gov. McMaster slams health experts

The Delta variant continues to spread across the country and many states are seeing new, record number of cases and hospitalizations.

The situation with the coronavirus is more than serious everywhere. Last week CDC issued a new mask guideline, while the president Biden announced mandatory vaccination for federal workers.

While health officials are under heavy pressure battling the virus and taking care of new cases, some groups of people are still hesitant to the vaccine and won’t get jabbed anytime soon.

According to the latest data, 44.5 percent of South Carolina residents are fully vaccinated and 51 percent have received at least one dose.

Although the rising trend of cases is seen in South Carolina, Gov. McMaster slams health experts of “hyperbole” and “exaggeration” in regards to the current COVID-19 surge brought on by the more infectious delta variant.

SC governor had an appearance on Fox News Sunday. McMaster told host Dana Perino what we already knew that SC state officials won’t bring back the mask mandate statewide and that everyone should make their own decision in regards of the vaccination based on the information they receive.

Fox’s host noted that the number of cases in South Carolina raised by over 250%, while the number of hospitalizations raised by over 120%.

“I think that the tone and the — I think of some exaggeration [is] going on, some hyperbole. Those figures that you just mentioned, yes the rates are going up but they’re way below what they were a year ago,” McMaster said. “We have put the fire out. It’s smoldering in places and could come back up, but the house is not on fire again.”

“We’re gonna trust the people to do the right thing, we’re giving them the right information, but I believe a lot of our national experts are engaging in frightening hyperbole,” McMaster added.

“Talk to your friends, talk to your — talk to your doctor, talk to your preacher, talk to whomever you want to but we’ve had a good experience with the vaccine,” McMaster said, adding that the “the vaccine works, but it’s not for everybody.”

Some states, cities and companies started requiring their residents and employees to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated. Health experts still claim the best way to stop the spread of the virus is the vaccination, but they agree that wearing masks will also have positive effect in slowing the increasing trend in numbers on a short term.

Monica Doyle


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