President Biden returned to the podium after completing remarks on implementation of his rescue plan to take a question on whether his predecessor, former President Trump, should be doing more to promote the Covid-19 vaccine. Biden suggested that it is more important for local community leaders to promote the vaccine to “MAGA folks” than Trump himself.
“I’m hearing a lot of reports from serious reporters like you, saying that,” Biden said in response to a question on whether Trump could help promote the vaccine among skeptics.
Biden continued, “I discussed it with my team, and they say the thing that has more impact than anything Trump would say to the MAGA folks is what the local doctor, what the local preachers, what the local people in the community say. So I urge — I urge all local docs and ministers and priests to talk about why, why it's important to get in to get that vaccine, and even after that, until everyone is in fact vaccinated, to wear this mask.”
The question comes amid polling that shows vaccine hesitancy is higher among Republicans.
While 92% of Democrats say they have gotten a dose of the vaccine or plan to get one, that falls to 50% among Republicans, per CNN’s latest polling.