Outraged has ensued after it was discovered that more than a thousand “critical” Capitol Hill staffers will jump the line to save themselves and received the coronavirus vaccine.
The memo – announced by Congress’ attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan – is in contrast to the CDC’s recommendations that health care workers and Americans over 65 receive the vaccine first.
It is true a lot of members in Congress are at risk to die from the virus however, most of their staffers are not. According to a Beltway Think Tank New America, most congressional staffers are under the age of 35. Coronavirus data has shown that those under 35 are the least at risk to even experience harsh symptoms from the virus.
McConnell, Biden, and Pelosi have received the virus but they are in the at-risk category.
“Employees who occupy positions determined to make them eligible for the vaccine under these standards will be and/or have been notified of their status separately and provided with logistical information regarding the process for scheduling an appointment for the vaccination,” the memo reads.
The policy will take away over 1,000 doses from healthcare workers and those over age 65 that wish to get the vaccine.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle (and sometimes are at odds with each other) have declared they will not get the vaccine until all front-line healthcare workers and seniors have been given the opportunity first. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), have all said they will not take the vaccine until those at the most risk have the opportunity to receive it.
In contrast, the far-left queen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 31, broadcasted herself getting the vaccine to “help build public confidence.” She was attacked by fellow squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar and Senator Rand Paul for putting herself above others at risk.
What Congressional staffers are doing is an outrage there is no reason for them to receive the vaccine unless they are at risk (compromised immune system or some medical condition). The only people that should be getting the vaccine right now is healthcare workers and those over the age of 65 if they choose to.