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Should You Get the Vaccine? Here's What Donald Trump Thinks

The former President weighs in, saying "I would recommend it.”
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington

Now that there are three COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson—currently being administered, some Americans are still on the fence about whether they should line up to get injected when it is their turn. A near majority of male Republicans, in particular, have been shown in one poll to say they won't be getting one. On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump weighed in, revealing whether or not he is in favor of getting the long-awaited vaccine. Read on to find out if he is for or against getting the vaccine—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Trump Said "I Would Recommend" the "Great" Vaccine

During an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, Trump revealed that he is all for vaccination. "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," he said. The former President and First Lady Melania Trump got their vaccines in private at the White House in January, according to reports.

However, he doesn't believe that anyone should be forced into it. "But again," he continued, "we have our freedoms and we have to live by that and I agree with that also. But it is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works."

According to CNN's most recent polls, vaccination has become somewhat of a political issue. They found that while 92% of Democrats either have gotten vaccinated or want to get vaccinated, only 50% among Republicans are in the same category. 

Earlier this week, the Trump administration's coronavirus testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, called on Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, both who have been vaccinated, to encourage their followers to do the same. "I think it's very important for former President Trump — as well as the vice president — to actively encourage all their followers to get the vaccine," Giroir pointed out during an interview with Jake Tapper on The Lead.

"The people who follow our former President are very committed to President Trump, and I think his leadership still matters a great deal, and I think we have to do a better job reaching the minority underserved communities that have been so disproportionately affected."

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Dr. Fauci Had Hoped Trump Would Speak Out In Favor of the Vaccine

On the Sunday morning news shows, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked what he thought Trump should do to save lives, and if he should speak in favor of the vaccine. "Look, I hope he does," said Fauci, "because the numbers that you gave us so disturbing how such a large proportion of a certain group of people would not want to get vaccinated merely because of political consideration. It makes absolutely no sense. And I've been saying that for so long, we've got to dissociate political persuasion from what's common sense, no-brainer, public health things. The history of vaccinology has rescued us from smallpox, from polio, from measles, from all of the other diseases. What is the problem here?"

So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.