Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended herself after Sen. Rand Paul criticized her and different lawmakers for getting the coronavirus vaccine early.
The social media run-in occurred on Twitter Monday afternoon, when Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted that it was “inappropriate” for youthful, wholesome folks to be inoculated.
“I used to be requested about getting vaccinated with others in Congress: It’s inappropriate for me — who has already gotten the virus/has immunity — to get in entrance of aged/healthcare staff. Similar goes for AOC or any younger wholesome particular person. They need to be amongst final, not first,” the Kentucky senator wrote, referencing the progressive congresswoman by identify however not tagging her well-known account.
Nonetheless, the New York Democrat had seen the tweet inside 20 minutes, writing again two messages in brief order.
“Gee, possibly if the GOP hadn’t spent a lot time undermining public religion in science, masks, & COVID itself, I wouldn’t need to weigh the potential misinfo [sic] penalties” of not taking the shot, “if leaders urged [people] to take a brand new vaccine that we weren’t taking ourselves!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote within the first put up, happening to inform him to “@ me subsequent time,” a phrase used to inform somebody to tag them when discussing them.
“Our job is to ensure the vaccine isn’t politicized the best way masks had been politicized,” she continued. “Should you truly listened to your constituents, you’d hear a LOT about viral claims about repro [sic] well being.”
AOC went on to argue that folks had questions in regards to the newly accepted vaccines, including that she believed leaders ought to “present we received’t ask others to do one thing we wouldn’t do ourselves.”
Ocasio-Cortez recorded herself on Instagram getting the vaccine on Capitol Hill on Friday, encouraging her tens of millions of followers to ask questions, which she went on to reply dozens of her in story.
She was one in every of scores of congressional lawmakers that took to social media to broadcast themselves being jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine as a part of a “continuity of governance” plan.
The plan permits them early entry to the vaccine as a result of their well being is taken into account important to the federal authorities working and for nationwide safety functions.
Paul, together with Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) all come out this week and stated they might refuse the vaccine till all front-line well being care staff and seniors have been inoculated.