The previous president encouraged supporters to be immunized against the deadly disease, as an infectious variant sweeps across the nation on Aug. 21.
Donald Trump urged everyone attending his “Save America” rally at York Family Farms in Cullman County, Alabama to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you have got to do what you have got to do,” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “But I recommend taking the vaccines. I did it, take the vaccines.”
Trump advises his audience in Alabama to take the Covid vaccine pic.twitter.com/aaxQfnnxoh— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22, 2021
The medical advice quickly drew disapproval from a large number of rally goers. However, the president accepted their difference of opinion.
“No that is okay, that is alright,” he can be heard saying. “You have got your freedoms but I happened to take the vaccine. If it does not work you will be the first to know … but it is working.”
According to a Morning Consult poll in July, the rate of vaccine hesitancy was highest among Republicans and young adults.
Former President Trump received the jab at the White House in Jan. However, mainstream media did not report on this until March, according to the Business Insider.
Trump responding to boos in Alabama after saying: "I recommend take the vaccines. I did it. It's good. Take the vaccines":— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) August 22, 2021
"That's okay, that's alright. You got your freedoms. But I happened to take the vaccine. If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. But it is working." pic.twitter.com/seJfGYtl5Y
Alabama Department of Public Health data shows 67.5 percent of the Yellowhammer State’s population is not fully immunized.
This is not the first time Trump tried to encourage Americans to receive a COVID-19 shot. He previously described the doses as “saving the world,” and stressed everyone has the freedom to make informed medical decisions according to the Business Insider.
Many people chose not to receive the vaccines since they are still experimental, and carry a risk of severe side-effects in a small percentage of recipients.
Between Dec. 14, 2020, and Aug. 16, 2021, the jab caused 6,789 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC revealed the rate of fatalities compared to all Americans who had received the shots was just 0.0019 percent.
Although the Delta variant spreads like chickenpox and is more lethal, vaccines have become a last resort to survive the pandemic for many lawmakers. Doses do not completely prevent infection, they can still fend off severe illness and death.
The previous president contracted COVID-19 in October 2020 and quickly recovered. After his rapid recovery, Trump promoted taking hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin in the early stages of illness.
However, mainstream media rejected the cheap and widely accessible remedies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still refuses to authorize them, claiming studies suggest the drugs could cause heart issues in some patients according to CNBC.
On August 10, the FDA approved emergency use of monoclonal antibody therapy for early COVID-19 patients. This is another treatment the former president received after contracting the virus.