Since leaving office, Trump has made a brief statement recognizing the rapid development of the vaccine and urging people in passing during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month to take the shot.
“We took care of a lot of people – including I think we took care of Joe Biden on December 21 because he got his shot, he got his vaccine,” Trump told CPAC. “It shows you how painless all this vaccination shot is. So everyone get your shot. He forgot that it obviously wasn’t very traumatic, but he got his shot and it’s good that he got his shot. “
When asked about future vaccination plans, Trump’s adviser Jason Miller said, “31 million people have seen the CPAC plea online.”
Additionally, Trump hadn’t encouraged the vaccination effort, although it turned out that he and the former first lady each received the vaccine before they left the White House in January. Some of Trump’s best aides in the White House did not know that Trump had received the vaccine, and reporters were often told it was unlikely that Trump would be vaccinated because he had antibodies to the virus in October. (The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated whether or not you have already had Covid-19.)
While Trump and the former first lady kept their vaccination a secret, other former presidents and first ladies from both parties joined forces in a national advertising campaign that shared pictures of them getting the vaccine and how important it was to others .
“To get rid of this pandemic, it is important that our fellow citizens get vaccinated,” said former Republican President George W. Bush in the PSA of the Ad Council. “I’m being vaccinated because I want this pandemic to end as soon as possible,” said former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, who was photographed with his shirt sleeve rolled up as he received the vaccine for the advert.
Trump did not appear at this point and was an aide of his he said New York Times that he had not been approached in a “formal” way to encourage vaccinations. According to a spokesman, the Ad Council campaign began advertising with former presidents while Trump was still in office in December.
The skepticism about the Covid vaccine has largely decreased in partisan politics. One recently CBS News poll a third of Republicans said they don’t plan on getting the vaccine, and one NPR / Marist poll showed that nearly half of Republican men will not get the vaccine.
The partisan difference has raised questions about the usefulness of getting Trump to go directly to his own supporters as the Biden administration seeks to convince the American public to get vaccinated.
“I hope” Trump is enlisted to encourage his constituents to take the vaccine, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on NBC’s “Meet the Press” because the polls are “so troubling”.
“I think it would make all the difference in the world,” Fauci said on Fox News Sunday. “He’s a very common person among Republicans. When he came out and said, ‘Go get the vaccine; it’s really important to your health, the health of your family and the health of the country,’ it seems absolutely inevitable that the The vast majority of the people who are his close followers would listen to him. “
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if Republican lawmakers who downplayed vaccination efforts were interfering with the government’s campaign to end the pandemic.
“I think we would certainly appreciate the support and commitment from elected Republican officials and leaders who are committed to the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” she said. “But I think it’s important to note that the biggest problems we see from our Covid team when it comes to getting more vaccines in guns is the supplies, which we have done a lot of work for.”