There was a time when vaccinations were a routine part of medical care. Now they’re an opportunity to virtue signal to others.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted about getting his COVID-19 booster shot Monday, the Daily Caller reported. He made his remarks on the Senate floor the same day President Joe Biden also had his booster.
“I’m glad to share that a few minutes ago, I received a booster vaccination for COVID-19,” the Kentucky lawmaker said. “All throughout the pandemic, I have followed the best advice from experts and especially from my own health care providers,” McConnell said.
“It was an easy decision to receive a booster,” McConnell continued. “So, I’ve been a lifelong champion of vaccinations,” he noted.
Biden had also rolled up his sleeves the same day in a very public event to get his second booster. The president took the opportunity to say that he expects that life will return to “normal” once America has reached vaccination rates of “97, 98%.”
Biden and McConnell, both nearing 80, are well within the 65 and older category for whom booster shots have been recommended. However, these guidelines are controversial even within the Food and Drug Administration.
Last month, two senior officials resigned their positions over their disagreement with the Biden administration’s insistence on the third dose of the shot for some patients, according to the New York Post. They thought the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices were given too much control over the decision that was the purview of the FDA.
The choice to get a vaccine is a personal one, and it’s admirable for both of these men to do what they think is best for their health. However, many worry that this choice is quickly moving toward something compulsory, and these politicians do little to assuage those concerns.