- Former President Donald Trump told the crowd at an Alabama rally to “take the vaccines.”
- This suggestion was met with boos from some of his supporters, a video shows.
- Trump was vaccinated against COVID-19 in January 2021, but the US public didn’t learn about it until March.
“I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Trump said to the crowd. “But I recommend that you take the vaccines.”
The former president then told his supporters that the vaccines are “good” and once again encouraged them to get a shot.
This suggestion was met with boos, as can be heard in a video shared by Vox journalist Aaron Rupar.
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22, 2021
“You’ve got your freedoms,” Trump responded to the jeers. “But I happened to take the vaccine.”
Once the booing died down, the former president joked that the crowd would be the “first to know” if the COVID-19 vaccines didn’t work.
Trump’s speech follows the news that his allies were trying to get him to run a pro-vaccination campaign, the Daily Beast reported.
According to the media outlet, Trump was initially reluctant and worried that promoting vaccines would be unpopular with his supporters and help President Joe Biden.
Trump has previously praised the vaccines, saying that they were “saving the world,” but has repeatedly said that people should be able to exercise their “freedoms,” Forbes reported.
The former president got vaccinated at the White House in January 2021, though the American public didn’t learn about it until March.