“I’m not talking to the anti-vaxxers,” he said. “I’m not going to convince Robert Kennedy Jr., but anyone that’s on the fence I’m trying to encourage them to, you know, seriously consider.”
Asked what he was hearing from hesitant people, Long said “this should not be politicized.” He pointed to Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments on the vaccine during the vice presidential debate as evidence both sides had politicized the shot.
Harris, asked if she would get a shot approved by the Trump administration, said then: “If the public health professionals, if (infectious disease specialist) Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, if the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it — absolutely. But if Donald Trump tells us I should take — that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”
“The Democrats at that time were saying, ‘Well we don’t trust it cause it’s Trump’s vaccine’ and … now Republicans are saying, you know, some of them they won’t take it or for whatever reason, and I just think that they ought to leave the politics out of it,” Long said.
Peverill Squire, political science professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, said candidates are trying to “calculate what vaccination message will resonate with voters both now and a year from now.”
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