A large number of House Republicans still aren't vaccinated against COVID-19

Polls have consistently shown a partisan divide in willingness to be vaccinated

By Travis Gettys
Published May 19, 2021 4:30AM (EDT)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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The number of vaccinated House representatives has seemingly topped out, with more than half of Republicans refusing to disclose their status.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., claimed 75% of his party's members had been vaccinated in early March and called for the House to return to its pre-pandemic voting and committee rules, but several months later there's been no change in vaccination rates, according to The Washington Post's Paul Kane.

All 219 House Democrats told CNN they had been vaccinated, while only 95 of 211 GOP members would say whether they had been.

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So, according to Kane, if vaccination rates had not risen high enough for the Democratic majority to lift pandemic safety rules, that's due to the Republican minority's refusal.

Polls have consistently shown a partisan divide in willingness to be vaccinated, with 41% of Republicans in one recent survey who don't plan to get the shots, compared with 4% of Democrats who say the same.

 


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