Rep. Ilhan Omar, has criticized fellow members of Congress such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for jumping ahead of the elderly and frontline workers in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.
Ocasio-Cortez age 31, was able to receive the vaccine as part of the continuity of government established in the 1950s under President Dwight Eisenhower.
“It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everybody and there is a shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar tweeted Sunday. “That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be first to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.”
Omar tweeted later, “It would makes sense if it was age, but unfortunately it’s of importance and its shameful. We are not more important then [sic] frontline workers, teachers etc. who are making sacrifices everyday. Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it. Full stop.”
Sen. Rand Paul, who has already had the coronavirus, and has immunity for a limited time, tweeted that he, too, would forgo the vaccine for now.
In addition to members of Congress, the vaccine was made available to the Supreme Court and White House staff. Vice President Mike Pence received the vaccine in front of cameras, as did President-elect Joe Biden.
States are largely responsible for developing plans to make the vaccine available to residents over the coming months. Most have agreed to prioritize vulnerable populations, like nursing home residents and essential frontline workers, until doses become available on a more widespread scale.
Dr. Fauci, recommended that leaders like President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden receive the vaccine as soon as possible for security and safety reasons.
President Trump, who also has opposed White House staffers getting the vaccine before the public, has not yet received the vaccine.
Fauci will receive the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday
The treatment requires a person to wait at least 90 days before receiving a vaccine.