Republican vaccine mandate opponent Jim Jordan reveals he had Covid-19 this summer

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A staunch Republican opponent of the vaccine mandate has revealed that he was infected with COVID-19 earlier this summer and did not tell his constituents.

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Jim Jordan, who represents Ohio’s highly irresponsible 4th district in the US House of Representatives, said in an interview on Tuesday that he had COVID “early summer” without giving details.

“I’ve got the virus,” he said in response to a question from Spectrum News about whether he had been vaccinated. “I don’t talk about my health status with reporters, but I’ve had coronavirus and recovered, and actually that antibody test was done, and it showed that my antibodies were strong.”


He had previously told the same reporter in early June that he had never had the virus, having been infected sometime in June or July. In both interviews he declined to say whether he had been vaccinated.

“I think we’ve come a long way,” he insisted then. “I think the country is ready to move on and we’ve got it done, but you guys just want to talk about it. I haven’t. [been vaccinated], but I’ve been tested, I don’t know how many dozens of times.”

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Mr. Jordan strongly opposes the vaccine mandate, Calling them “Un-American”, and has even said that Ohio should “ban all vaccine mandates”, not just COVID.

According to state documents for the 2019-20 period, children in Ohio schools are required to be vaccinated for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chickenpox and meningococcal disease.

Before the pandemic, Ohio state legislators had bipartisan bill proposed To end all nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccination amid multi-state measles outbreaks, possibly driven by anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.

Mr Jordan is a strong supporter of Donald Trump who has written that he will frequently appear on Fox News to try to contact or persuade the president, knowing he will be watching.

In testimony before a House committee, he claimed he did not remember whether he spoke to Mr Trump during the January 6 attack on the Capitol building by Trump supporters.


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