Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is using money from his reelection campaign to pay for more public service announcements to promote COVID vaccines in his home state of Kentucky. His goal is to run ads on 100 radio stations in Kentucky in hopes of raising the state’s low vaccination rate.

McConnell has been reflecting on his own childhood case of polio as a way to motivate Kentuckians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. McConnell was vaccinated in December of this year and has been one of the few Republican leaders to vocally advocate for it.

In a statement, he said, “Every American should take advantage of this miracle and get vaccinated. It’s the only way we’re going to defeat COVID.”

McConnell took to Twitter to further his personal vaccine campaign. “The one thing we know that works at stopping COVID-19 is vaccines,” he tweeted. “We’ve developed three highly effective vaccines in under one year. And 97% of people in the hospital right now with COVID-19 haven’t gotten one. The total conclusive case for vaccination.”


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