With the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, even Republican legislators are encouraging the public to get vaccinated — especially some of those who have survived the virus themselves, and know just how serious it can be.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared at an event centered on the expansion of Oconee Memorial Hospital’s emergency department in upstate South Carolina, and spoke of his own experience with COVID-19. He says that he believes the outcome would have been far more serious for him if he hadn’t been vaccinated against the virus, which he still says put him “pretty much flat on [his] back.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on having COVID: "I was pretty much flat on my back, but I'm up and moving around now because I think the vaccine lessens the blow. And if you haven't been vaccinated yet, please do." pic.twitter.com/e1RZ7IpdaG
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WYFF4 has a longer video on their Facebook page, including Graham’s full speech.
“I’m up and moving around now, because I think the vaccine lessens the blow. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do. It will be good for you, it will be good for your family, and it will be good for the community.”
Following the event, Graham tweeted several links to local news coverage of it, adding again, “If you haven’t been vaccinated for #COVID19 yet, please #GetVaccinated.”
It’s not his first time encouraging his constituents to get vaccinated. Since his diagnosis earlier this month, he has consistently credited the vaccine with helping to protect him from the worst effects of the virus.
I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms.
I will be quarantining for ten days.
I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now.
My symptoms would be far worse.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 2, 2021
I talked to President Trump, he’s been checking in with me every day.
I told him – the #COVID19 vaccine was his biggest accomplishment.
He broke down bureaucratic barriers to turn the vaccine into a reality!See Also
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 5, 2021
President Trump has taken the vaccine.
I’ve taken the vaccine.
If you are unvaccinated, I would encourage you to take the vaccine as well.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 6, 2021
Graham has also consistently praised former President Donald Trump and credited him for the quick creation and production of vaccines, including for the increased rollout of vaccination programs by the Biden Administration after Trump left office.
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