Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
(R-GA) made an unusual excuse for not disclosing her vaccination
status on Tuesday, which quickly became viral
on social media
After being temporarily suspended from Twitter
for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
, the far-right lawmaker held a press conference, an activity she engages in both online and offline.
A reporter asked if she had been vaccinated and if she agreed with House
Minority Whip Steve Scalise
(R-La. ), who announced over the weekend that he had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine
and was confident in its safety and efficacy.
Greene apparently did not want to share her own vaccination information, but an announcement like Scalise's could persuade hesitant supporters to get the vaccine as the highly contagious delta variant
spreads across the country.
“Your first question is a violation of my HIPAA
rights,” Greene responded, explaining that under HIPAA, we are not required to reveal our medical records, which include vaccine records.
That is incorrect; HIPAA applies to medical providers, insurers, and other health care
entities with access to medical records, and it provides individuals with rights and limits on who can access their health information.
It does not preclude a reporter from inquiring about your medical history
, nor does it preclude anyone from stating whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Greene: Your first question infringes on my HIPAA rights pic.twitter.com/JuHDovV2mC — Acyn (@Acyn) July 20, 2021
But, hey, if Greene can use it to avoid answering questions, why can't the rest of us?
: How far did you get on your to-do list?Me: That first question violates my Hipaa rights — Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) July 20, 2021
Don't ask what I'm drinking because it violates my HIPAA rights pic.twitter.com/dO62wwNd5T — The True American (@TheTrueAmerica5) July 21, 2021
Your first question violates my HIPAA rights. https://t.co/97KwTcHCRJ
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 21, 2021
Dresses with no pockets violate HIPAA. — Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) July 21, 2021
Tell me you don't understand HIPAA without saying you don't understand HIPAA https://t.co/n1A4YpyCpA
— shauna (@goldengateblond) July 20, 2021
when you've been vaccinated but have no idea what hipaa is https://t.co/NGKXwvg7rR
— my pal andyTM (@andylevy) July 20, 2021
Making free throws by Giannis is a HIPAA violation. https://t.co/6LwCIrmBNK
— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 21, 2021
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) July 21, 2021
Mayonnaise on fries violates HIPAA. https://t.co/gbr3K5pvao
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) July 21, 2021