Sarah Palin revealed in March 2021 that she had tested positive for Covid-19 and urged people at the time to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public. But she never endorsed the vaccines, and is now saying “over my dead body” will she allow authorities to force her to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
The failed Republican VP candidate made the remarks at “Americafest”, a three-day event in Phoenix, Arizona organized by Turning Point USA, a youth conservative student movement for “freedom, free markets, and limited government” created by right-wing Trump supporter Charlie Kirk.
Palin took to the stage early on Sunday and immediately launched into an attack on the US’s top health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has spoken of his support for vaccine mandates. While Dr. Fauci and other experts have previously talked of a degree of natural immunity for those who have had Covid, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends that people get vaccinated to better protect themselves. She called the infectious disease expert “the most inconsistent talking head” although she holds no medical degree of her own. “Do you remember he said that if you had Covid, you would be naturally immune?” Palin asked the crowd.
Sarah Palin showed up in Phoenix this morning to tell that crowd “it will be over my dead body” that she gets vaccinated. Then she encourages others to “stiffen their spines” and fight back. “There is an empowerment in a group like this where we can kind of feed off each other.” pic.twitter.com/t47oxxrGtB
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 19, 2021
“Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it’s better than doing nothing to slow the spread,” she told People magazine.
Sarah Palin says she’d get vaccinated “over her dead body.” Does… does she realize the vaccine won’t be necessary for her at that point?
— 💀 Scary Larry 💀 🇺🇸🌊✊🏻🗽 (@StompTheGOP) December 19, 2021
Despite her continued resistance to getting vaccinated, Palin said, “I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there.”
"It will be over my dead body that I get vaccinated." – Sarah Palin in Phoenix this morning
"I'm a big fan of Palin. Big fan." – Omicron Variant
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) December 19, 2021