Rep. Ronny Jackson
(R-Texas) tried to shame Democrats
on Thursday for not saying whether they had been vaccinated for COVID-19, but every Democratic
lawmaker has been vaccinated and has confirmed it, unlike a large portion of Republicans who are either not vaccinated or will not say.
Jackson, a former White House
physician, was attempting to deflect a reporter's question about whether Republicans' efforts to encourage the public to get vaccinated are hampered by the fact that so many of them refuse to reveal their own vaccination
“I think you have a responsibility as a press to ask questions of the Democrats as well,” Jackson said, adding, “How many Democrats are willing to say whether or not they’ve been vaccinated?”
According to a CNN
poll of all lawmakers, as of mid-May, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate
had a 100% vaccination rate.
According to the same survey, at least 44.8% of House Republicans
and 92% of Senate Republicans are vaccinated, but 112 GOP
offices did not respond to multiple CNN inquiries about their vaccination status.
Ronny Jackson: I believe it is your responsibility as a journalist
to question Democrats as well. How many Democrats are willing to say whether or not they have been vaccinated? pic.twitter.com/gkKzfmCgs8 — Acyn (@Acyn) July 22, 2021
Jackson went on to question the vaccination status of the more than 50 Texas Democratic legislators who are in Washington
this month to break a quorum in the Texas state House to stop a voter suppression
bill. Six of them have tested positive for the coronavirus
despite being vaccinated.
“What about the Texas delegation?” Jackson asked, and when a reporter pointed out that they are all vaccinated, he implied that some of them were lying.
“Well, they've said that, including the six who tested positive; do we have any evidence of that?” he inquired. “I highly doubt that all six people
were vaccinated and tested positive for this virus; so, you guys need to hold their feet to the fire
None of the COVID-19 vaccines
are 100% effective, and as the new and more contagious delta variant
of the virus spreads, there will be more cases of people who are fully vaccinated testing positive for the virus.
The bottom line, as Jackson should know as a physician, is that the vaccine is working as intended: it is preventing people from becoming seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, and when a breakthrough
case occurs, the symptoms are far less severe or not even detectable.