‘Shameful’: The progressive ‘Squad’ can’t seem to agree on who should get vaccine priority
‘Squad’ members are now taking shots at one another over getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) painted herself as a heroine for the masses by stepping up to video her vaccination. Ilhan Omar attacked her for getting the coronavirus vaccine ahead of the elderly and frontline workers. And Ayanna Pressley says inmates should be prioritized for the vaccine.
AOC attempted to make herself the center of attention once again by publically getting vaccinated. She videoed it for her fans. At 31, AOC is in a very low-risk category.
“If you have any questions or unease about the COVID vaccine, I got you! I’d *never* ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself,” AOC tweeted. “Yday per national security policy (PPD40), Congress began getting vaccinated. I took the jab & am here to answer your questions. Ask away!”
Ocasio-Cortez justifies the decision by citing the 2016 Presidential Policy Directive-40, which ensures various agencies are able to continue performing essential functions under a broad range of circumstances.
Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of the U.S. Congress, urged members of the House and Senate in a letter Thursday to make vaccination appointments, according to Fox News. Many politicos are now stepping up to get their shots, more to engender confidence in the vaccination process than to ensure continuity of government.
If you have any questions or unease about the COVID vaccine, I got you!
I’d *never* ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.
Yday per national security policy (PPD40), Congress began getting vaccinated.
I took the jab & am here to answer your questions. Ask away! pic.twitter.com/ZyBgXi7kRl
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2020
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) proceeded to criticize her fellow lawmakers and ostensibly Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the weekend for putting themselves ahead of frontline workers and vulnerable populations who she says should receive the coronavirus vaccine first. Even though that is exactly what lawmakers had been advised to do.
As members of Congress began to receive doses, Omar said on Twitter that it was “shameful” for lawmakers to be prioritized for the vaccine.
“We are not more important [than] frontline workers, teachers, etc. who are making sacrifices [every day],” Omar wrote. “Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it.”
Omar made similar comments in an interview with CNN last week, where she said prioritizing White House staff was “disturbing.”
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) December 21, 2020
Meanwhile, Rep. Ayanna Pressley said on Sunday that she would fight for prison inmates, along with other groups, to get priority for receiving the coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m going to continue to fight for our most vulnerable — communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, for our health care workers, for our essential workers, for incarcerated men and women to be prioritized in the distribution of the vaccine,” she said, during an interview with CNN.
In prisons around the country, COVID-19 outbreaks have followed transfers of prisoners or prison workers. Nearly all of the 25 state prison systems and the federal Bureau of Prisons that responded to a survey conducted by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press said they had reduced or limited the number of prisoners they moved due to the pandemic.