Trump: ‘Nobody Should be Forced’ to Take COVID Vaccine
Americans 'have our freedoms'
President Donald Trump endorsed the COVID-19 vaccines but said nobody should be forced to take one.
In a phone call with the New York Post, Trump said:
“The vaccine is a great thing, and people should take advantage of it."
But Trump also said “nobody should be forced” to get the vaccine, noting Americans “have our freedoms.”
“But I strongly recommend it because it’s a real lifesaver,” he continued.
Trump said the death toll could be as bad as during the 1918 Spanish flu if Americans did not take the coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m all in favor of the vaccine,” Trump said.
“It’s one of the great achievements, a true miracle.”
Trump also said he received his first shot in January before exiting the White House, then he had a second shot in Florida.
“Not even a bit of arm soreness,” he said.
“It’s pretty amazing stuff.”
Trump confirmed First Lady Melania Trump was also vaccinated.
He added the vaccine's speedy development and deployment would help save lives around the world.
“We’re saving tens of millions of lives throughout the world,” he said.
“We’re saving entire countries.”
Neon Nettle reported earlier this month, nearly 40 percent of U.S. Marines refused the COVID-19 vaccines, according to new data.
A CNN report revealed 75,000 Marines had had one or two doses of a vaccine, while 48,000 have refused - a rejection rate of 38.9 percent.
According to a recent NPR poll, the figure is considerably higher than the rate of rejection among the general public, which is around 25 percent.
As of Thursday, nearly 20 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to ban the use of "vaccine passports" in his state.
Gov. DeSantis also said that the state legislature is striving to make the protections “permanent.”
DeSantis asserts in his executive order that “vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy."
The governor has previously described vaccine passports as a “terrible” and “unacceptable” idea.