Republicans are finally urging Americans to get vaccinated as the COVID-19 infection rates go up across the United States.
“These shots need to get in everybody’s arm as rapidly as possible, or we’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for, that we went through last year,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on during a news conference. “I want to encourage everybody to do that and to ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice.”
Reporter asks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Would you speak out against people who are speaking out against the vaccine?”
He says to “get vaccinated” and “ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice.” pic.twitter.com/40Iy4u7LSF
— The Recount (@therecount) July 20, 2021
Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, who received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine over the weekend, said on Tuesday that “there shouldn’t be any hesitancy over whether or not it’s safe and effective.”
“I just felt the time was right to do it,” Representative Scalise said. “I’m happy that I got the vaccine, and I’ve always had high confidence in the process that was used to develop it.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity, who called the COVID-19 virus a hoax, has changed his attitude about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more death,” Hannity said. “And it absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated. I believe in science. I believe in the science of the vaccination.”
The GOP Doctors Caucus held a news conference on Thursday “to discuss the implications of the Delta Variant.”
“I’m very proud of our counties with very strong vaccination rates, particularly among our seniors, who are the most vulnerable, and we want to encourage those to seek vaccinations,” Representative Elise Stefanik said. “It’s available in your community, and you can go to your local pharmacy in most cases.”
Republicans say that it is an individual’s choice to get vaccinated. They do not feel as if they are responsible for the spread of misinformation about the virus. A survey from May revealed that out of 535 Congress members, only 44.8% of Republicans were vaccinated.
Controversial Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was temporarily suspended from Twitter on Monday for violating the company’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. Greene tweeted that the virus was “not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.”
“I believe in people’s own individual responsibility to read, to find out and to make their own decisions,” Greene said during a news conference on Tuesday. “I don’t worship science, or think that science rules everything — I believe that God rules everything.”
“I urge people to get the vaccine. You know I’m not a mandate person, but I think that they need to do their own research and look at the evidence in science from credible institutions,” Republican Representative Gus Bilirakis said. “Leadership is taking positions on it, saying that they — I don’t want to speak for them — but I know there are a couple of members of leadership, specifically who said that they were vaccinated and I think it’s the right thing to do.”
“I’ve been pressing for transparency in government so that people have as much information as possible before they make that choice, and no one should be pressured, coerced or fear reprisal for refusing any medical treatment, including the COVID vaccine,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who is not vaccinated, said Tuesday on Newsmax.