“We took care of a lot of people — including, I guess, on December 21st, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine,” Trump said at CPAC. “It shows you how un-painful all that vaccine shot is. So everybody go get your shot. He forgot so it wasn’t very traumatic obviously, but he got his shot and it’s good that he got his shot.”
Trump’s more direct appeal to Americans comes as some of his own supporters have exhibited skepticism about taking the coronavirus vaccine. Experts say his endorsement of vaccinations could help alleviate some of that skepticism.
Since leaving office, Trump has issued statement’s insinuating his own success with the vaccine’s fast-tracked development. Trump had not previously encouraged vaccination efforts even as it emerged that he and the former first lady Melania Trump had been inoculated from the virus in January before their White House exit.
Some of Trump’s top aides in the White House were unaware Trump got the vaccine and reporters were often told it was unlikely Trump would be inoculated because he had antibodies from contracting the virus in October. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention does recommend vaccination even if you’ve had COVID-19.