House GOP Committee Deletes Tweets Spreading Covid-19 Misinformation
The official GOP House Judiciary Committee Twitter account shared a tweet that spread misinformation about the Covid-19 booster shot.
“If the booster shots work, why don’t they work?” the tweet read.
The tweet was deleted after backlash.
Research shows that while booster shots may not keep a person from testing positive for Covid, it decreases their chance of serious illness and hospitalization.
“What happens is that if you get two doses of a Pfizer or a Moderna, the protection against infection itself is dramatically down,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said. “However, what is the somewhat encouraging news is that the protection against hospitalization and severe disease, although it goes down to around 70% from around 93%, when you get boosted, it brings it back up to the level of pretty good protection.”
While Republicans have shown support for the vaccine, they do not see vaccination mandates as the right way to encourage people to get vaccinated. A CNN poll shows that 65% of Republicans and right-leaning independents have gotten at least one shot, but only around 25% of those people approved of the vaccination mandates.
Many Democrats believe that mandates are the best way to ensure widespread cooperation to benefit everyone by keeping them healthy, while members of the Republican Party have stated that they feel a mandate takes aways freedom and that it should be a personal choice whether or not to get vaccinated.
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the GOP House Judiciary Committee leader, is strongly opposed to vaccination mandates.