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Republican elected officials have repeatedly worked to undermine public trust in the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines, which have proven safe and effective at minimizing the spread and severity of the virus that's killed over 800 thousand Americans.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has said he's "suspicious" of the effort to get everyone vaccinated, and dedicated an entire press conference to extremely rare adverse effects from the vaccines. Far-right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has repeatedly suggested the vaccines are dangerous, citing unverified reports from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
But more moderate Republicans insist they're not against the vaccines, but against mandates that Americans get them administered.
That went out the window with a recently deleted tweet from the official account of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.
The account asked:
"If the booster shots work, why don't they work?"
It's true that, in the wake of the highly contagious omicron variant, there's been an uptick in breakthrough cases for fully vaccinated and boosted Americans, but the data still verifies the effectiveness of vaccines.
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated people are five times more likely to contract the virus than vaccinated people, and 14 times more likely to die.
What's more, thanks to rhetoric like the kind spewed from the GOP Judiciary account, there are stark political divisions among vaccination status. A Kaiser Family Foundation report from November of this year found that unvaccinated adults are three times more likely to lean Republican. This past October, data showed that counties where Trump won more than 60 percent of the 2020 vote have seen three times the COVID deaths of counties that voted for Biden by a similar margin.
The disinformation in the now-deleted tweet indicated the party's apathy for the health of its own voters.
Many Republicans are spreading lies that will lead to more people dying avoidable deaths. It’s that simple. https://t.co/MGQpl7qaKW
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 30, 2021
How the GOP kills those who trust it. https://t.co/RtwfAox936
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 31, 2021
At the expense of making @POTUS look bad, there is still collateral damage they're killing @GOP voters. https://t.co/MKBOB6R5Su
— IRISH GIRL #RESISTER (@CindyKe49173944) December 31, 2021
Hoping Covid gets worse to own the libs. Very cool, GOP. VERY COOL. https://t.co/DV33Gh7Ay9
— Peter (@pcanderson) December 31, 2021
This is appalling. I have a very hard time believing we have sunk so low. Using a damn virus for political reasons is so completely amoral. Even Trump admitted he was vaxed and boostered. If Congress does not set standards, don’t expect social media platforms to do so. https://t.co/lP2qkyFlOJ
— Deb Wahlers (@DebWahlers) December 31, 2021
The Republican Party international crime syndicate is a danger to everyonehttps://t.co/eb2EhfmBeG
— FilmEssaying (@FilmEssaying) December 31, 2021
Some attempted to fact-check the nonsense.
The real Q is if the @JudiciaryGOP can read, why can’t they read graphs? 🧐 #GOPIsAntiVax #GOPIsAntiScience #GOPIsProCovid 😷 pic.twitter.com/V8L5rMh99c
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) December 31, 2021
They *do* work. The overwhelming majority of people who got a booster shot remain either asymptomatic or get a very mild case. They aren’t likely to be hospitalized and they’re far less likely to die. The unvaccinated account for almost all COVID hospitalizations and deaths.
— Arlene Rabenbauer (@ArleneRabenbau1) December 30, 2021
Pro Tip: Discouraging your supporters from life-saving vaccines is not a good election strategy.
“Boosted folks are 90% less likely to die from a Delta infection than people relying solely on the initial two-dose vaccination, Israeli data show.”
👉🏻 https://t.co/umIcAy779O https://t.co/qsIeIOKXHm
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 31, 2021
The account has yet to correct its disinformation.