There are a great many Americans who are uncomfortable with the idea of receiving one of the many COVID-19 vaccines that have come to market in recent weeks, and that could prove to be a problem when it comes to reaching “herd immunity”.
While some within this hesitant horde are anti-vaxxers through and through, there are many who fear that the speed in which the vaccine was developed was a serious problem, and news stories about serious side effected have some folks truly spooked.
There also happens to be a large contingent of Donald Trump’s political supporters who are unenthused about the vaccine, and that’s why Dr. Anthony Fauci is making an impassioned plea to the former President.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he wishes former President Donald Trump would use his popularity among Republicans to persuade more of his followers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a round of interviews on the morning news shows, the government’s top infectious disease expert lamented polling showing that Trump supporters are more likely to refuse to get vaccinated, saying politics needs to be separated from “commonsense, no-brainer” public health measures.
Fauci said it would be a “game changer” for the country’s vaccine efforts if the former president used his “incredible influence” among Republicans.
“If he came out and said, ‘Go and get vaccinated. It’s really important for your health, the health of your family and the health of the country,’ it seems absolutely inevitable that the vast majority of people who are his close followers would listen to him,” Fauci told “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump was notably not included in a recent PSA that featured the remainder of America’s living Presidents receiving their vaccines.
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