REP Ilhan Omar has turned on fellow “squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and different lawmakers who’ve chosen to get the Covid vaccine earlier than healthcare employees and the aged.
Rep Ilhan Omar stated she doesn’t approve of Congress members getting the Covid vaccine earlier than different susceptible PeopleCredit score: CNN
AOC shared photos of herself getting the vaccine to social media on SundayCredit score: Instagram
Omar referred to as it “disturbing” that fellow members of Congress who’re younger and will not be thought-about high-risk would get the jab earlier than those that are probably the most susceptible.
“It is now clear that we do not have sufficient vaccines for everybody and there’s scarcity of provide,” the Minnesota consultant tweeted on Sunday, along with a clip from a CNN interview she gave on the topic.
“We’ve got to prioritize those that want it most. That is why it is disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine whereas most frontline employees, aged and infirm in our districts, wait.”
Later the identical day, Omar responded to a query about why political leaders have been getting vaccinated earlier than others who’re extra susceptible.
“It might make sense if it was age, however sadly it is of significance and [it’s] shameful,” Omar wrote.
AOC answered questions concerning the vaccine on InstagramCredit score: Instagram
Omar stated it’s ‘disturbing’ to see her fellow Congress members getting vaccinatedCredit score: CNN
“We’re not extra essential [than] frontline employees, lecturers and many others. who’re making sacrifices on a regular basis. Which is why I will not take it.
“Individuals who want it most, ought to get it. Full cease,” she added.
Answering questions on Instagram after getting the vaccine, Ocasio-Cortez stated that Congress was getting vaccinated first as a consequence of “continuity of governance.”
“I used to be really stunned by this too,” AOC stated of her early entry to the Pfizer vaccine, which was simply granted emergency approval by the FDA earlier this month.
“I used to be anticipating that we have been going to get it rather a lot later,” she added.
“…However relating to Congress’s entry, it is as a consequence of one thing referred to as ‘continuity of governance’ planning.
“Mainly, there are nationwide safety politics on the books to make sure continuity of governance throughout nationwide emergencies.”
Many anticipated section one of many vaccine roll-out within the US – after the approval of each the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines this month – to go to healthcare employees and the aged.
AOC has gotten some flack from each ends of the political spectrum over her resolution to be one of many first to get a vaccine.
She responded to a tweet from Kentucky Sen Rand Paul who stated she and different younger, wholesome individuals “ought to be among the many final” to be vaccinated.
“Gee, perhaps if the GOP hadn’t spent a lot time undermining public religion in science, masks, & COVID itself, I wouldn’t should weigh the potential misinfo penalties of what wld occur if leaders urged ppl to take a brand new vaccine that we weren’t taking ourselves,” AOC clapped again.
“…Our job is to verify the vaccine isn’t politicized the best way masks have been politicized.”