Pritzker’s Blame Game Continues: Points Fingers For Failed COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Pritzker’s Blame Game Continues: Points Fingers For Failed COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

This time Pritzker is pointing the finger at a presidential administration that has been out of office for more than a month.

March 2, 2021

Governor Pritzker’s practice of shifting blame onto others for his administration’s failures continues as he is now playing defense surrounding his failed COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Illinois is far behind the rest of the nation, with just 6.4% of residents having received both doses. Only Texas, Iowa, and Utah are ranked lower. In an attempt to shift the blame for Illinois’ lack luster performance, this time Pritzker is pointing the finger at a presidential administration that has been out of office for more than a month.

According to WCIA, Pritzker’s blame game is misguided as Illinois’ allotment of vaccine shipments from the federal government actually declined under President Biden. Illinois Congressmen Krishnmoorthi and Foster penned a letter to the Biden administration urging the administration to ramp up distribution to Illinois but also provided talking points to the Pritzker administration that urged the blame be shifted on the Trump administration.

WCIA: Instead, in the days the followed, the state’s per capita vaccine allocations declined compared to other states. One week later, Krishnamoorthi’s chief of staff Mark Schauerte emailed Pritzker’s chief of staff Anne Caprara to recommend “a talking point for the Governor.”

“Since we sent the letter last week, Illinois dropped from 35th to 42nd in state dosage received from the fed (sic) government per capita,” Schauerte wrote.

Despite the worsening numbers, Krishnamoorthi’s office was reluctant to publicly criticize the new administration, and instead laid the blame at the feet of former President Trump.

“We are obviously mindful of not pointing the finger directly at the Biden Administration, but pointing out the Trump hangover on this from their lack of planning,” Schauerte wrote.

This isn’t the first time Governor Pritzker has attempted to blame others for the failed COVID-19 vaccination rollout. In January, as Illinois was among the slowest states in the nation to vaccinate seniors living in long-term care facilities, Pritzker blamed the pharmacies that had been charged with administering the vaccines. However, the pharmacies were just following Pritzker’s own plan that had been submitted to the federal government.

Governor Pritzker is quick to take credit for the positive headlines, but when it comes to the failures of his administration, he quickly distances himself and tries to find a scapegoat. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 vaccination rollout is not any different. Every day that Governor Pritzker and his administration spend attempting to manipulate the narrative surrounding the vaccine rollout without providing a remedy is another day our most vulnerable population is left at risk and waiting for a vaccine.

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