After staying largely silent on the COVID vaccine since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump called into Fox News Primetime on Tuesday where he recommended that his supporters, many of whom are hesitant to get vaccinated, do just that. While there is opposition to the vaccine among many groups, including a small percentage of Democrats, recent polls showed that a large number of Republicans say they will not get vaccinated. This is despite recent reports that Trump and the former First Lady Melania Trump were secretly vaccinated at the White House in January. Trump attempted to quell the apprehension among many of his supporters.
Asked if he would recommend that viewers get the vaccine, Trump replied, “I would. I would recommend it, and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it, and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly. But again, we have our freedoms and we have to live by that, and I agree with that also. But it’s a great vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine and it’s something that works.”