- Rand Paul said in a radio interview Sunday that he won’t get the COVID vaccine because he already had coroanvirus and therefore has ‘natural immunity’
- ‘I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,’ Paul said
- Won’t get it ‘until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick’
- The Kentucky senator was the first known member of Congress to contract COVID-19 in March 2020
- The CDC is further pushing for Americans to get vaccinated by issuing new guidance last week allowing all vaccinated people to unmask inside and out
Rand Paul said Sunday that he will refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine since he already had coronavirus last year, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those who had the disease still get inoculated against it.
‘Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity,’ Paul told billionaire talk show host John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio program.
The Kentucky senator insisted that Americans should have the freedom to make their own medical decisions without fear of repercussions or shame from the government.
‘In a free country you would think people would honor the idea that each individual would get to make the medical decision,’ he told the Cats Roundtable host.
‘Are they also going to tell me I can’t have a cheeseburger for lunch? Are they going to tell me that I have to eat carrots only and cut my calories?’ Paul, an ophthalmologist, questioned.
‘All that would probably be good for me,’ he admitted, ‘but I don’t think big brother ought to tell me to do it.’
Republican Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger immediately excoriated Paul for saying he won’t get the shot.
‘So brave…Such a leader… so manly…’ Kinzinger wrote of Paul.
In March 2020, Paul tested positive for COVID-19 – becoming at the time the first known senator to contract the then-newly emerging disease.
More than a year later, several lawmakers have contracted COVID-19 and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says around three-fourths of the members of Congress have been inoculated.
The CDC released guidance earlier this month that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks indoors or outdoors.
Pelosi extended this guidance to the House, where members no longer have to wear face coverings if they received their final vaccine dose at least two weeks prior.
There is also a massive administration-down campaign encouraging the remaining unvaccinated Americans to get the shot after Biden lauded earlier in May that 60 per cent of American adults have received at least one dose.
Vaccine hesitancy is still a major concern – leading to losing restrictions on masks to encourage more people to sign up to get the jab.
The CDC currently advises those who previously contracted coronavirus to still get vaccinated.
‘You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19,’ the CDC guidance on its website explains. ‘That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.’
‘Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again,’ it continues.
There are also concerns that people could contract a different strain of the virus, which might otherwise be protected if they get vaccinated.