Mike Pence just got the COVID vaccine before most Americans will & people are angry about it

Mike Pence gets the vaccine
Mike Pence gets the vaccine Photo: Screenshot/CNN

Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence just received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, and it’s stirring mixed emotions from Americans who are angry about what they believe to be Pence’s incompetent handling of the pandemic and taking away one of a limited supply of doses of the vaccine from frontline health care workers.

Pence hailed the vaccine as a “medical miracle” before being administered with it at a press conference, alongside Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Karen Pence.

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“Karen and I wanted to step forward and take this vaccine to assure the American people that while we cut red tape, we cut no corners,” Pence said.

Pence himself famously refused to wear a facemask, even while touring hospitals. His staff later made fun of Kamala Harris for requesting basic safety measures be taken during the vice presidential debate even as the White House was experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.

Even while his own staff was coming down with the virus and he was possibly exposed to the virus, Pence continued with a rigorous campaign schedule and possibly put others at risk, claiming that he’s an “essential worker.”

So his vaccination and his statements led to a lot of mixed emotions for many Americans who have watched him bungle the response to the pandemic, contributing to the deaths of over 300,000 Americans so far and several thousand more deaths each day this month as the pandemic spirals out of control.

Others noted that, because anti-vaccine conspiracy theories might make widespread uptake of the vaccine more difficult, it’s good that Pence is getting the vaccine and showing the far-right that it’s safe.

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