Even though public health authorities are advocating mass vaccinations, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has revealed that he is not getting the COVID-19 jab because he believes that he has developed natural immunity to the infection, which he acknowledged is a serious disease.
The medical doctor with a specialty in ophthalmology previously tested positive for the virus in March 2020.
Paul appears to be pro-choice when it comes to vaccines. “I think that we should have a choice whether we take a vaccine or not, because, frankly, all the studies show that I have just as good of immunity as the people [who have] been vaccinated,” Paul told The Cats Roundtable host John Catsimatidis on New York City’s WABC radio.
“Now in a year’s time if people say ‘oh, people that had it naturally are getting infected a lot more than people who have been vaccinated,’ I might change my mind.
“But until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated, because I’ve already had the disease, and I have natural immunity now,” Paul claimed.
“In a free country, you would think people would honor the idea that each individual would get to make their medical decision, that it wouldn’t be Big Brother coming and telling me what I have to do. Are they also going to tell me I can’t have a cheeseburger for lunch? Are they going to tell me that I have to eat carrots only and cut my calories? All that would probably be good for me, but I don’t think Big Brother ought to tell me to do it.”
According to the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, however, “you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.”
Listen to the entire interview embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
Among other things during the conversation, Paul chided blue-state governors and their “impulse to authoritarianism” who haven’t opened up fully unlike many of their red-state counterparts such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The libertarian-leaning senator has famously sparred with goal-posts-moving Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, over issues such as mask-related play acting and more recently on alleged gain-on-function research funding.
Earlier in the Cats Roundtable interview, Sen. Paul said that he’s glad that Fauci has come around to “following the science” that fully vaccinated persons need not wear masks. “It’s just disappointing that it’s taken him three or four months to actually decide to follow the science, and even when he did, he sort of admitted he didn’t want people seeing him without a mask.
“It wasn’t that the mask was doing any good for him; he was basically wearing it for theater. I don’t think our scientists that give us the ideas about how we should live our lives should be doing things based on theater; it ought to be based on facts,” the senator noted.
Paul went to lament that authorities are apparently still recommending masks in youth sports and at camps.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 12, 2021
Liberal Twitter is denouncing Rand Paul for his decision, often in very personal terms, but others have an alternative view. Here is a sampling from Twitter:
Good. Let Darwin have his way with the Kentucky senator and all the other science deniers.
— EastCoastPat (@EastCoastPat) May 23, 2021
Refusing to take vaccine is pure arrogance. No one should be a politician with pure arrogance simple as that.
— Yoon-Sung Kim (@YoonSungKimmy) May 23, 2021
i don’t find what he says often sensible but this is. when did we start distrusting natural immunity? what evidence do we have that a strong immune system does not stand up to covid? what evidence do we have that the shot does especially over the long term? still figuring it out
— Feminineisrising (@Noursepatty) May 23, 2021
Here, fixed it for you.
“The Doctor, A Duke Medical School Graduate, who also happens to be a Senator from Kentucky, said”
— Ross Schumann🇺🇸 (@RossSchumann) May 23, 2021
He’s a doctor and already had it but go off.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) May 23, 2021
Good. Why would anyone want Rand Paul immune from a possibly deadly disease?
Just asking for a friend.
— OrlandoNative (@native_orlando) May 23, 2021
Absolutely makes sense. Immunity from a disease is much broader and stronger than immunity from a vaccine. This is common medical knowledge. Why is this even news?
— Thomas Alexander MD (@TomAlexanderMD) May 23, 2021
I am perfectly okay with his freedom of choice. Just as I am perfectly okay with another’s choice to get vaccinated. Everyone’s individual situation is different and we have to do what is best for own lives.
— JAKZ (@TheKearnzy321) May 23, 2021
Not much of an ophthalmologist when you can’t see the evidence before your very eyes.
— Bigfoot Lives (@ab_lowery) May 23, 2021
Senator Rand Paul saying he isn’t getting vaccinated because he has natural immunity is not anti-vax, it’s science.
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) May 23, 2021
It’s disappointing to see Rand Paul trending only to find out he didn’t get beaten up by another neighbor.
— W. M. (@Minuteman04) May 23, 2021
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