Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson has come out with some heavy criticism for the Biden administration and their current push to vaccinate as many adult citizens of the United States as possible, going against the calls from other Republican lawmakers to take the vaccine.
“The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective, so if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not?” Johnson stated this week. “Why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine … I’m getting highly suspicious of what’s happening here.”
Johnson shared his suspicions on Thursday with conservative Wisconsin radio host Vicki McKenna, arguing that distribution of the highly effective vaccines should be “limited” to those who are especially vulnerable to severe illness due to the coronavirus, such as seniors and people with underlying health conditions.
“Because it’s not a fully approved vaccine, I think we probably should have limited the distribution … to the vulnerable, to people that really aren’t very young,” Johnson said. “I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people.”
He noted that the vaccines have not been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Rather, the federal regulation industry granted each vaccine, from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, an emergency use authorization, designating them safe for public use.
Government health experts have urged all adults, not just the most vulnerable, to get vaccinated when they can. The federal vaccine rollout has sped up to such an extent that every adult over 16 is now eligible for a shot, bringing the United States closer to reaching a level of societywide immunity that limits viral transmission. The majority of younger, healthier people who are less vulnerable to hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 should get vaccinated, Biden administration officials have argued, to prevent the spread of new highly infectious mutations of the virus such as those first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
So far, the campaign launched by the government to push for vaccination has given shots to at least 52 percent of all adults in the U.S. with a daily average of about 3 million doses being administered per day.
Sounds like plenty of people are getting vaccinated. If that continues, then surely we’ll see a decrease in cases, right? If so, why does everyone need to have it in order to control the spread?
These are questions that deserve answers.