WATCH: Madison Cawthorn “Hesitates To Call It A Vaccine” As Vaccine Hesitancy Fills Hospitals
Madison Cawthorn is one of the Republicans leading the charge against precautions that might help the country defeat COVID-19. Now, he seems to be admitting that he doesn’t actually understand what a vaccine is, and that the vaccines for COVID-19 are, in fact, vaccines.
Check out the Newsmax interview below, via Media Matters For America‘s Jason Campbell. In it, Cawthorn declares that he “hesitate[s] to even call it a vaccine” — either a play on words or accidental echo of the very problem America’s hospitals are facing: vaccine hesitancy.
Rep Madison Cawthorn undermines confidence in COVID vaccine: "I almost sometimes hesitate to even call it a vaccine just because of the way it was rushed to market" pic.twitter.com/Zmi8y9qG5G
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 15, 2021
Unfortunately, it’s this attitude, along with the highly partisan pandemic response, and other activism from Cawthorn and his fellows, that keeps driving the anti-vax and vaccine-hesitant mentality. Meanwhile, hospitals are being forced to turn away patients, and crying out for help as they’re swamped with COVID-19 patients — the majority of whom are unvaccinated.
While it’s not clear if Cawthorn really doesn’t understand what, exactly, a vaccine is, or just assumes that his constituents and donors will believe him, the CDC has answered this question clearly, as the mistaken notion that a vaccine that doesn’t 100% guarantee immunity is “not a vaccine” has circulated.
A vaccine is “a preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases,” the CDC explains — the idea that vaccines guarantee complete immunity is mistaken, so the fact that some people who get vaccinated will still contract the disease, and suffer it more mildly, does not contradict that it is, in fact, a vaccine. Nor does the fact that it was built off existing research, and was therefore able to be made available on an emergency basis much more quickly than some past vaccines.