On Sunday, far-left congresswoman and member of “The Squad” Ilhan Omar unloaded on members of Congress including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for taking the COVID-19 vaccine before vulnerable populations including the elderly had taken it.
Omar slammed these members of Congress, calling it “shameful” for them to cut the line and prioritize themselves before people who actually need it.
“We are not more important [than] frontline workers, teachers, etc. who are making sacrifices [every day],” Omar tweeted. “Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it.”
Ocasio-Cortez, one of the youngest people in Congress and a member of The Squad, was one of the representatives who cut the line and took the vaccine.
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During an interview last week, Omar made similar comments when she said prioritizing White House staff with the vaccine was “disturbing.”
Check out what Fox News reported:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were among those who received vaccinations on Friday – part of a campaign to encourage Americans to get the shot themselves.
Omar’s fellow Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., received a dose over the weekend and made herself available to answer questions about the experience on social media.
Like Omar, some lawmakers have said they are reluctant to be among the first to be vaccinated so they’re not seen as jumping the line. But others enthusiastically made appointments.
“Millions of Americans are waiting for shots, many of whom are workers on the front lines of this pandemic,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, who was among those to receive one. “I am not more important than they are, but national leaders must lead by example.”
States are largely responsible for developing plans to make the vaccine available to residents over the coming months. Most have agreed to prioritize vulnerable populations, like nursing home residents and essential frontline workers, until doses become available on a more widespread scale.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, recommended that leaders like President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden receive the vaccine as soon as possible for security and safety reasons.
Trump, who has not yet received his vaccine, previously said he thought White House staff should receive doses later in the program.
Trump contracted the virus in October, but it is not clear how long immunity lasts.
Vice President Mike Pence publicly received his vaccine at the White House on Friday, along with his wife, Karen Pence, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
Fauci will receive the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday.
On Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden received the COVID-19 vaccine and almost immediately started giving President Trump “some” credit for Operation Warp Speed.
Biden started by thanking the people who “put this together.”
“The frontline workers, the people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work. Just amazing. And I wish we had time to take you through the whole hospital to see how busy and incredible you all are and we owe you big,” Biden said while talking to the woman who gave him the vaccine.
“One of the things is, I think the [Trump] Administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed. I also think that it is worth saying that this is great hope. I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine.”
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