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