by Lisa Mascaro | The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged unaffiliated Americans to get the COVID-19 shot, issuing a grim and dire warning of a repeat of last year’s rising caseloads and shutdowns if people find themselves infected with the coronavirus. refuses to save.
McConnell urged Americans to ignore “visible bad advice” coming from pundits and others against vaccines. As cases rise, he said nearly all of the new virus in the US is among people hospitalized who have not been vaccinated.
“If there’s anyone out there willing to listen: Get vaccinated,” McConnell, R-Ky. said in its weekly press conference at the Capitol.
“These shots need to get in everyone’s arms as quickly as possible or we’re going to be back in a situation we haven’t longed for – which we went through last year,” he said. “It’s not complicated.”
McConnell has been one of the most vocal members of his party in urging vaccinations to stop the spread of the virus, often speaking out about requiring people in his home state of Kentucky to get the shots.
Without criticizing prominent Republicans, including members of Congress for denying a vaccine or mocking the seriousness of the virus, he has expressed dismay at those who choose to go without vaccination.
As a survivor of childhood polio, McConnell often draws on his own experience of enduring that disease and has spoken publicly about the relief that eventually came with the development of vaccines.
On Tuesday he said “it never occurred to me” that after COVID-19 vaccines that were quickly developed for use in the US, “we Americans would have a hard time getting the shot.”