Nearly 40% of Republicans are still resistant to getting the Covid-19 vaccine or refuse to get it, a Public Religion Research Institute/Interfaith Youth Core poll recently found
Donald Trump was booed by an arena of his fans as he urged them to get the Covid vaccine.
The former president of the US was hosting the Save America rally in Cullman, Alabama eight months after he was voted out of office.
After hitting a number of his more favoured political points, Trump began talking up the coronavirus jab.
Such was the resistance to the life-saving vaccine among some of those present that even the 45th president was unable to successfully promote it without being showered with boos.
“I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. But I recommend that you take the vaccines,” Trump said.
“You’ve got your freedoms. But I happened to take the vaccine.”
Once the jeers stopped, Trump told his supporters they would be the “first to know’ if the vaccine was ineffective.
‘”If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know. Ok?
“I’ll call up Alabama and say, ‘hey, you know what?’…But, it is working. But you do have your freedoms. You have to keep — you have to maintain that.”
Vaccine hesitancy is strong in the US, and is largely split down political lines.
Nearly 40% of Republicans are still resistant to getting the Covid-19 vaccine or refuse to get it, a Public Religion Research Institute/Interfaith Youth Core poll recently found.
A full 46% of Republicans who consume right wing television news are vaccine hesitant.
The White House, which is now occupied by Joe Biden who rapidl y accelerated the vaccine rollout since taking office, needs to get many of those on side to limit the spread of the virus.
Currently just shy of 52% of Americans have had the vaccine, despite it having been widely available for months.
Yesterday evening Biden used part of a press conference focusing on the situation in Afghanistan to urge people to get the jab.
The opposition to Trump’s remarks both in the venue and afterwards on social media display a rift between the former President and his supporters, whom he may rely on if a rumoured 2024 bid for office happens.
Democratic strategist Max Burns wrote: “Anyone looking for the edge of Trumpism just found it: Trump recommends the #COVID19 vaccine to a massive Alabama rally crowd, only to get shouted down with boos from the audience.
“Not even Donald himself can get these folks on board with the vaccine.”