Trump Has This Message For Vaccine-Hesitant Americans
With the "very, very transmissible" Omicron variant now accounting for the majority of COVID-19 cases in America—and hospitals in many states being overwhelmed with patients—President Biden yesterday laid out his plan to combat COVID-19. During his speech, he mentioned that former President Donald Trump got his booster shot. Trump revealed he did in a conversation with pundit Bill O'Reilly, who said he, too, was boosted. "It may be one of the few things he and I agree on," Biden said about Trump's announcement. "People with booster shots are highly protected. Join them. Join us."
Biden also said: "Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America is one of the first countries to get the vaccine. Thanks to my administration, the hard work of Americans, our roll-out made America among the world leaders in getting shots in arms." What was Trump's reaction to Biden's comments? And what did Trump have to say to Americans who are still hesitant to get the vaccine, in an exclusive on Fox News? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Trump Said "Embrace" the Vaccine
Fox News asked Trump for his reaction to Biden's comments about the vaccine development. "I'm very appreciative of that — I was surprised to hear it," Trump told the network Tuesday evening. "I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy…I think he did something very good. You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot."
He added about the roll-out of the vaccines: "This is a great thing that we all did. I may have been the vehicle, but we all did this together."
"When we came up with these incredible vaccines — three of them — and therapeutics, we did a tremendous job, and we should never disparage them," Trump said. "We should be really happy about it because we've all saved millions and millions of lives all over the world."
His message to anyone hesitant to take the vaccine? "You have to embrace it. You don't have to do it, and there can't be mandates and all those things, but you have to embrace it."
"It's a matter of getting people out to, ideally, get the vaccine," Trump said. "If you have the mandate, the mandate will destroy people's lives — it destroys people's lives, just as the vaccine saves people."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Cases are rising at an unprecedented rate and experts say "the virus will find you" if you are not vaccinated or not boosted. Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.