Trump tells Republican supporters to get vaccinated

Trump tells Republican supporters to get vaccinated
Last year Donald Trump headed "Operation Warp Speed" - a drive to expedite vaccine development. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Donald Trump, the former US President, has urged his Republican supporters to be vaccinated against coronavirus, saying he would recommend it.

Mr Trump said in a TV interview that he the vaccine was “safe” and “something that works”.

Mr Trump’s conservative fans has been one of the main groups resistant to the vaccine programme.

Donald Trump himself was criticised during his time in office for downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic.

As the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been rolled out across the US, all other living ex-presidents have spoken out, urging Americans to get the jab.

However, Donald Trump has remained largely quiet on the subject.

He and his wife, Melania Trump, were vaccinated at the White House in secret in January.

“I would recommend it,” the former president said during an interview on Fox News Primetime on Tuesday.

He said: “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.”

“It’s a great vaccine, it’s a safe vaccine and it’s something that works,” he added.

A recent poll by CBS News suggested that a third of Republican supporters would not have the Covid-19 vaccine when it was available to them, compared to 10% of Democrats.

Mr Trump’s comments came a day after President Joe Biden expressed frustration at the reluctance among some conservatives to get the jab.

On Monday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “If former President Trump woke up tomorrow and wanted to be more vocal about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, certainly we’d support that.”

“Every other living president… has participated in public campaigns. They did not need an engraved invitation to do so,” she added.

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