Nearly half of House Republicans won't say publicly if they are vaccinated
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Nearly half of House Republicans still won't say publicly whether they are vaccinated against Covid-19, even as new cases rise nationwide.
(CNN)Nearly half of House Republicans still won't say publicly whether they are vaccinated against Covid-19, even as new cases rise nationwide.
Some of the 97 Republicans who aren't sharing their vaccination status told CNN they don't have a responsibility to model behavior to their constituents.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida told CNN "that's very nosy of you," when CNN started asking about his vaccination status, but the congressman cut off the question before it got to whether or not he was vaccinated.
Rep. Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, told CNN he couldn't believe that reporters were asking about his vaccine status.
In the Republican Senate conference, 46 of 50 senators confirmed to CNN that they are vaccinated.
Since CNN last reported on members' vaccination statuses in May, CNN has learned of 17 more House Republicans had been vaccinated.
CNN confirmed that 114 of 211 Republicans in the House have been vaccinated, meaning 54% of the conference.
Freshman Republican Peter Meijer of Michigan, who has been open about being vaccinated and encourages his constituents to do so, told CNN that while it is his colleagues' choice whether or not they want to get the vaccine or disclose it, "I think individual leaders should do right by those who support them.
GOP Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas said on Thursday that all Republicans have a responsibility to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said he thinks many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate have handled the vaccine issue responsibly, but he's argued GOP members in the House have been complicit in allowing misinformation to spread.
Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, told CNN that he, too, has been making a vaccine push back home, teaming up with his Democratic colleague Sen. Jon Tester to encourage people to get the shot in a public service announcement.
Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and the ranking GOP member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he makes his vaccine status a topic when he's talking to constituents.