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Former President Trump calls on his supporters to ‘take the vaccines’

A pro-Trump crowd booed former President Donald Trump at his Alabama rally over the weekend.

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Former President Donald Trump recently held a rally in Alabama, telling his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas. Trump recently held a rally in Alabama, telling his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine

LM Otero, Associated Press

Former President Donald Trump had a succinct message for his supporters over the weekend — “take the vaccines.”

Trump held a rally Saturday night in Alabama, where he told his supporters that they should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“You know what? I believe totally in your freedoms. You got to do what you have to do, but I recommend: Take the vaccines. I did it — it’s good,” he said.

However, some pro-Trump supporters at the rally — who were mostly maskless, according to USA Today — booed after Trump made his comments about the vaccine.

Trump acknowledged the reaction.

“That’s alright. You got your freedoms,” he said, according to USA Today.

Alabama has vaccinated about 36% of its population, which is behind the national average by about 16 percentage points, according to The Hill. In the last week, Alabama has reported about 28,000 new cases of COVID-19. And, according to the Alabama health department, about 50 children are hospitalized because of the coronavirus.

Trump received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine back in January at the White House. He got his second shot in Florida. Back in April, Trump called on all Americans, including his supporters, to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as the Deseret News reported.

“I’m all in favor of the vaccine,” Trump told New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin. “It’s one of the great achievements, a true miracle, and not only for the United States. We’re saving tens of millions of lives throughout the world. We’re saving entire countries.”

He praised the COVID-19 vaccine, which was developed when Trump was still in office.

“If we didn’t have a vaccine, it would have been just like the 1918 Spanish flu,” Trump told the New York Post

Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity back in April that he had been asked to make a commercial to support the vaccine “because a lot of our people don’t want to take the vaccine.”

“I had it and I took it,” Trump told the Fox News host at the time. “Because I believe.”