Former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard blasted young members of Congress for taking the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors — and declared she wouldn’t receive the vaccine until the elderly could.
The Hawaii congresswoman made the remarks in a Monday morning tweet as members of Congress receive the Pfizer drug as part of a “continuity of governance” plan, vaulting them to the front of the line before at-risk seniors and other front-line workers.
On Friday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recorded herself receiving the vaccine live on Instagram and encouraged her millions of followers to ask questions.
“Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans just don’t count,” Gabbard said.
“For months the CDC has been telling us that the elderly are the most vulnerable. But now they are recommending that 100 million so-called essential workers, which means healthy people working in everything from liquor stores to telephone companies can get the vaccine before our grandparents can,” she went on.
That members of Congress, like me, we can get the vaccine before at-risk seniors,” she said, railing against what she called an “immoral and bad health policy.”
Gabbard, 39, announced she was boycotting the vaccine until the more vulnerable had received it, and encouraged other young members of Congress to do the same.
“I planned to take the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until they can. I urge my colleagues in Congress who are under the age of 65 and healthy to join me.
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, 38, retweeted Gabbard, adding, “I’m with you Tulsi!”
Officials in the White House, Congress and judiciary were given priority for vaccination earlier this month under continuity of government planning set in place by President Dwight Eisenhower to ensure the US government can continue functioning under a broad range of circumstances.
The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday approved Moderna’s COVID-19 shot, bolstering the nation’s immunization effort.
But there are fears that many Americans who need the drug the most are missing out, with hundreds of nursing homes in New Jersey still waiting because officials there were overwhelmed with paperwork.
President-elect Joe Biden, 78, will received his first shot with wife Jill Biden on Monday.
President Trump was hospitalized four days in October for COVID-19 treatment including experimental polyclonal antibodies. Individuals who receive that particular treatment should not be vaccinated for at least 90 days to avoid any potential interference, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory board.
The White House has said that he is still discussing timing with his doctors.
“When the time is right, I’m sure he will remain willing to take it. It’s just something we’re working through,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said Friday.
Author : Ebony Bowden
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