Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday implored unvaccinated Americans to take the COVID-19 strike, issuing a stern and grave warning of a repeated increase in the number of cases and arrests. last year if people refused to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
McConnell encouraged Americans to ignore the “demonstrably bad advice” coming from pundits and others against vaccines. As cases develop, he noted that almost all new hospitalizations of viruses in the United States are among people who have not been vaccinated.
“If there’s anyone willing to listen, get vaccinated,” McConnell, R-Ky, said.
“These shots need to get into all arms as soon as possible or we’ll be back in a situation in the fall that we didn’t crave – that we went through last year,” he said. “That’s not complicated.”
McConnell has been one of the most sincere members of his party to demand vaccinations to stop the virus from spreading, often speaking in his native Kentucky state of the need for people to get the shot.
Without criticizing prominent Republicans who refuse the vaccine or mock the severity of the virus, including members of Congress, he has expressed his fear for those who choose to be vaccinated.
As a survivor of childhood polio, McConnell often relies on his own experience of having sustained that disease and spoke publicly about the relief that eventually came with the development of vaccines.
Tuesday said “it never occurred to me” that after COVID-19 vaccines were being developed rapidly for use in the United States, “we would have a hard time getting Americans to get the shot.”