NCGOP encourages COVID-19 vaccinations, says vaccines ‘not political’

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — To continue reopening North Carolina’s economy, the head of the state’s Republican Party is urging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible.

Michael Whatley, NCGOP Chairman, said he will be ready when it’s time to roll up his sleeve.

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“Look, I’m going to get the shot as soon as I’m eligible,” he told ABC11 on Tuesday. “I encourage everybody else to get the shot as soon as they’re eligible. If anybody has any concerns about the safety or efficacy of the shots, they should talk to their doctors about it, but this is certainly a personal choice and one between any individuals and their doctors.”

On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, encouraged all Republican men to get vaccinated, in response to polls showing the demographic expressed the most reluctance to getting a shot.

“I can stand here as a Republican man, as soon as it was my turn, I took the vaccine,” he said during a news conference outside of a health care clinic. “I would encourage all Republican men to do that.”

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey conducted earlier this month drew out sharp partisan differences in attitudes toward a COVID-19 vaccine.

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