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Pelosi to GOP lawmakers: Get vaccinated and we’ll get back to normal

SpeakerNancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday urged House Republicans to get their COVID-19 vaccines, suggesting the only thing preventing the chamber from resuming normal routines has been the hesitancy — or outright refusal — of GOP lawmakers to take the shot.

“The Republicans come up to me and say, ‘Let’s shorten the time for votes, let’s shorten the time for votes.’ I said, ‘Well, tell your friends to get vaccinated,'” she said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

“That would help — that would help a lot.”

Pelosi said the vaccination rate among House lawmakers stands at “about 75 percent” — thesame figure citedby Minority LeaderKevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) more than seven weeks ago.

Yet Pelosi also acknowledged a speculative aspect of her choice to target Republicans specifically: She doesn’t know which lawmakers have been vaccinated or not, and federal privacy laws prevent her from finding out — a protection she endorsed.

“The physician cannot tell us Democrats, Republicans or who,” she said. “And that’s right; we should be respecting people’s privacy.”

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