Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was booed by activists from her own party as she tried to encourage people to get vaccinated during a Q&A session.
Mr Graham was speaking at a Republican event in Somerville, South Carolina, where he told the audience he had been vaccinated and urged the gathered crowd to take a jab.
“If you don’t have the vaccine, you should think about getting it because if you’re my age…” Mr. Graham, 66, began to say, but he was quickly interrupted by boos and people. The audience is shouting “No!”
“I didn’t tell you to get it, you should think about it,” said Mr Graham as hesitation from his own voters continued.
The younger crowd only appeared to be more disheartened as Mr Graham cited data to support his case.
“Well, I’m glad I get it, 92 percent of people in South Carolina hospitals are not vaccinated,” he said, but “false!” Shouting was shouted at by people. and “Not true!”
Mr Graham said he was opposed to the vaccine mandate, referring to mandates for members of the military and health workers, such as nurses.
A man in the audience, who said he was a civilian employee of the US Navy, told the senator he was about to lose his job because of the vaccine mandate.
Mr Graham responded by asking the crowd whether he had received the measles vaccine, a video posted by The Daily Beast shows.
“How many of you have had measles vaccines?” He asked, but was furious again and “It’s not the same!” met with slogans.
Many Republicans have been slammed by their own voters for urging their supporters to get vaccinated. Even former President Donald Trump was booed during a rally in Alabama in August, when he encouraged attendees to get vaccinated.
Whether you support the Republican or Democratic Party has become one of the top indicators of your vaccination status, polling has shown.
on 15 september, pew research center It wrote that “partisan affiliation is one of the widest differences in vaccination status: 86% of Democrats and independents leaning toward the Democratic Party received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 60% of Republicans and Republican leaners.” dose received”.
Mr Graham was infected with Covid-19 in early August.
Graham tweeted at the time, “I’m so glad I was vaccinated because without the vaccination I’m sure I wouldn’t feel as good as I do now.”
The senator was vaccinated on December 19.
“Thank God for the nurses who help those in need and know how to use a needle,” she tweeted. “Thank God for those who produce these vaccines. If enough of us take it, we’ll be back to normal life. help is on the way.”
A CDC report published last month It was found that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from covid than those who have been vaccinated.
Of all South Carolinians over the age of 12, 56 percent had been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. Of the entire state’s population, 48 percent have been fully vaccinated.
In the last 14 days, the daily average of new cases in the state has come down by 36 per cent.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Lindsey Graham