Kamala Harris says she wants COVID skeptical Republicans to get vaccine

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said she wants Republicans who are skeptical about COVID-19 to get the vaccine in order to save lives. 

‘I want that everyone gets it,’ Harris told MSNBC on Monday night. 

She said that includes Republicans even those who don’t follow COVID protocols or have been accused of jumping the line ahead of frontline workers and high risk group members. 

‘We could talk about where they have been on the issue, but I hope and I believe that anybody who’s in a position of leadership right now should be urging all Americans, again, regardless of their party affiliation, should be encouraging them that, when it is their time, that they get this vaccine and that they get vaccinated,’ she said.

‘And the reality is that it is literally about saving lives. It is literally about saving life,’ she added.

Harris said she would take the vaccine herself. President-elect Joe Biden publicly received his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. 

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said she wants Republicans who are skeptical about COVID-19 to get the vaccine in order to save lives

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said she wants Republicans who are skeptical about COVID-19 to get the vaccine in order to save lives

Harris acknowledged the black community has reason to doubt doctors given medical experiments run in the past but she urged everyone to get the COVID vaccine. 

‘The fact is that America has a history on this issue – that is a history that includes black people being treated very badly. And we have to remember that history. We have to listen to people when they remember that history. And we have to address it and do it in an honest way,’ she said.

‘This vaccine, these vaccines, the Pfizer, Moderna, the two that are out right now, will save lives. They will save lives. And I urge everybody — when we look at — in particular, when we’re talking about the racial demographics, in terms of the impact, black folks, Latinos, our indigenous brothers and sisters are so many more times likely to contract COVID and die from it,’ she added.

She said she and husband Doug Emhoff will get the vaccine next week. 

‘This vaccine, again, it will save their lives. And so I’m going to put as much as I can into helping people trust what the public health experts are telling us. That’s why I’m taking it. I’m going to be taking it next week, my husband is going to take it, because I trust the public health experts on this. And I urge everybody to do the same,’ Harris said. 

Some Republican lawmakers, who have parroted President Donald Trump’s words on the coronavirus, were criticized for receiving the vaccine ahead of the elderly and frontline workers. 

Iowa Sen Joni Ernst, who once suggested that doctors were faking the coronavirus to make money, came under fire for ‘jumping’ in front of vulnerable people in order to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Republican senator shared an image on Sunday that showed her wearing a mask as a doctor injects her with her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

In the caption she wrote: ‘Today, at the recommendation of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine.’

Iowa Sen Joni Ernst (pictured), who once said that doctors were faking the coronavirus to make money, has come under fire for 'jumping' in front of vulnerable people in order to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Iowa Sen Joni Ernst (pictured), who once said that doctors were faking the coronavirus to make money, has come under fire for ‘jumping’ in front of vulnerable people in order to get a COVID-19 vaccination

Ernst shared the image on Sunday that showed her wearing a mask as a doctor injects her with the COVID-19 vaccine. In the caption she wrote: 'Today, at the recommendation of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine'

Ernst shared the image on Sunday that showed her wearing a mask as a doctor injects her with the COVID-19 vaccine. In the caption she wrote: ‘Today, at the recommendation of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine’

She then said that residents of Iowa should follow her lead and get the vaccination too. 

‘I encourage all Iowans and Americans to do the same when their time comes. Thanks to #OperationWarpSpeed and the tireless work of Americans across the country, we are one step closer to defeating this virus,’ Ernst wrote. 

‘It’s also important that we continue to wear a mask, social distance, and follow CDC guidelines to protect our families, friends, and neighbors,’ she added.

It wasn’t long before Twitter users dug up her recent comments on the virus and slammed her for getting the vaccination while vulnerable people are forced to wait. 

One person shared a screenshot of an article with the title, ‘Joni Ernst suggests doctors are faking COIVD-19 to make money.’

The same user wrote in the caption of that image: ‘It is disgraceful that you jumped the line in front of vulnerable recipients after you knowingly and purposefully made the pandemic worse.’

‘Seems fair to my 87 year old mother, locked down in her home since March,’ another person shared. 

‘If she had run around the state without a mask and mocked her political opponent for quarantining after an exposure maybe she could have had it, too. Military leaders always put troops first, not yourself,’ the person added. 

Meanwhile, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown slammed other Republicans who received the vaccine

Meanwhile, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown slammed other Republicans who received the vaccine

A third individual shared: ‘You said doctors were making money off this virus. People stopped coming in to see their doctors because of what you said. People threatened health care workers because of what you said. People died because of what you said.’

‘Shame on you, Senator. Please ask yourself if you really feel it’s beneficial to our society that even though you mocked the pandemic and disparaged front line health care providers, you have displaced a health care worker who truly needs this vaccine?’ another wrote. 

Such responses stemmed from comments that Ernst made in September during a campaign stop in Waterloo. 

Ernst was responding to a constituent who said he didn’t believe the official COVID numbers by saying that she was ‘so skeptical’ of them.  

‘These health-care providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if COVID is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?’ Ernst remarked, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

When asked to clarify her remarks, Ernst said that’s ‘what I’ve heard’ from health-care providers. 

‘They do get reimbursed higher amounts if it’s a COVID-related illness or death,’ she said. 

‘I heard the same thing on the news. … They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly COVID-19. … I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.’  

Meanwhile, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown slammed other Republicans who received the vaccine.

‘Republican f*ckers who spent the last 8 months politicizing the coronavirus, telling their constituent not to wear a mask, that it’s a hoax… getting the vaccine before front line workers, health care providers, teachers, etc. just pisses me off!’ Brown tweeted on Sunday while calling out South Carolina Sen Lindsey Graham and Florida Sen Marco Rubio.

Brown also shared an image of Vice President Pence who was vaccinated in a televised appearance Friday morning.  

Rubio (pictured getting vaccinated) tweeted about getting the vaccine on Saturday

Rubio (pictured getting vaccinated) tweeted about getting the vaccine on Saturday

Graham also received his first dose of the vaccination on Saturday. 'Thank God for nurses who help people in need and know how to use a needle,' he tweeted

Graham also received his first dose of the vaccination on Saturday. ‘Thank God for nurses who help people in need and know how to use a needle,’ he tweeted

Rubio tweeted about getting the vaccine on Saturday. 

‘I know I looked away from the needle And yes, I know I need a tan But I am so confident that the #Covid19 vaccine is safe & effective that I decided to take it myself,’ he wrote in the caption of an image that showed him getting his first dose of the vaccine. 

Graham also received his first dose of the vaccination on Saturday. 

‘Thank God for nurses who help people in need and know how to use a needle,’ he tweeted. 

‘Thank God for those who produced these vaccines. If enough of us take it, we will get back to normal lives. Help is on the way,’ he added.  

All members of Congress are eligible to receive the vaccine, but some lawmakers, mostly Republicans, are being called out for getting vaccinated before many frontline healthcare workers.

The response also stems from the way many Republicans handled the pandemic in their respective states. 

Those in the US government began getting the Pfizer Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence getting the first injection alongside his wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams. 

Later in the day, both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got the vaccine.   

On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the vaccine in Delaware, not long after his wife and soon-to-be First Lady Jill Biden.  

Donald Trump has not taken the vaccine. The president was hospitalized with COVID-19 in October and, on his release, claimed he was ‘immune’ to the virus. 

However he has not publicly stated why he has not been vaccinated.   

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