AOC: I Received Vaccine Before Vulnerable People Due to a 'National Security Policy'
To 'ensure the continuity of governance during national emergencies'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the reason she received the Pfizer vaccine before more vulnerable people was down to a national security policy.
The policy aims to “ensure the continuity of governance during national emergencies," AOC said.
“I was actually surprised by this too,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a Q&A posted to her Instagram.
“I was expecting we’re going to get it a lot later,” she added.
“But– and healthcare workers for the record, health care workers have started to receive it."
“Not everybody obviously yet has been vaccinated but when it comes to Congress’s access, it’s due to something [called] continuity of governance planning, which is essentially national security planning,” she continued.
“So this actually came from a national security policy and directive to ensure continuity of governance during national emergencies,” she added:
The congresswoman is one of the lower-risk age groups as officials insist on prioritizing frontline healthcare workers and the elderly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice voted to recommend the following to receive the vaccine first:
Frontline essential workers
Those over the age of 75
AOC explains why she, a 31-year-old congresswoman, received a vaccine before more vulnerable populations pic.twitter.com/Tw4IV68uEa— Hannah Bleau 🌻 (@hannahbleau_) December 21, 2020
Congressional leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 80, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 78 have also received the vaccine.