Although a vaccine against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus has been offered to lawmakers, several prominent GOP’s have declined the offer.
Some say because they have already contracted the virus a vaccine is unnecessary, while others say they are still sceptical of the vaccines.
With around three quarters of House members now vaccinated, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has received the vaccine, stated in a letter Congress now needs to return to “regular order.”
The Hill reports the lawmakers who have declined the vaccine have cited a number of reasons, from worries of jumping ahead of constituents to concerns of the health risks posed by the new vaccines.
Others, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have had the virus and recovered, so don’t consider it necessary.
“I have not chosen to be vaccinated because I got it naturally and the science of 30 million people—and the statistical validity of a 30 million sample—is pretty overwhelming that natural immunity exists and works,” said Paul, who contracted the virus last year, reports Breitbart News.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) expressed a similar view, stating he has already contracted the virus. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), has also contracted the virus and hasn’t received the vaccine yet. “I’m still looking at it. I’m listening to my doctor,” he said, according to the Hill.
On Tuesday, during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, former President Donald Trump suggested that Americans take the shot.
“I would recommend it. And I would recommend it to a lot of people that don’t want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly,” Trump said.
Trump said Americans have freedoms “and we have to live by that, and I agree with that also.
“But it’s a great vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine, and it’s something that works. And we’ve been working round the clock, and what I got the FDA to do—this would have happened in many, many years from now if I didn’t get involved, and if we did get involved.” He continued, “I wouldn’t say the FDA loves me, but I pushed them very, very hard, harder than they’ve ever been pushed. And a number of the people in the FDA admitted that and at the end, they were very happy.”