“Fox & Friends” co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, with an assist from co-host Ainsley Earhardt, engaged in lively back-and-forth Thursday morning over the issue of COVID-19 vaccines and cable news anchors handing out medical advice to their audiences.
In a segment in which the morning show team transitioned from discussing the pitfalls of vaccine mandates that have been bandied about by the Biden administration as well as what precautions, including shots, should be prescribed for American kids heading back to in-person classrooms in a few weeks, Doocy noted that new information shows that more children are catching COVID-19.
“Some data from the American Academy of Pediatrics said that coronavirus in children has gone up 84 percent in one week,” he said. “The week before, it was at 39,000 cases, and this past week, 72,000 kids had coronavirus.
“I also saw that in Arkansas, apparently about 20 percent to the people who are in hospitals with coronavirus — 20 percent of them are children,” Doocy continued.
“So, that’s one of the things” the White House is “obviously going to be talking about” later Thursday with some experts and advisers, Doocy said. “There are a lot of kids under 12 [who] cannot currently be vaccinated, but if your kids are over 12, ya probably ought to get the shot.”
At that, Earhardt and Kilmeade both nodded and began to respond, but it was Kilmeade who took the lead.
“Right. Or see a doctor and decide what you want to do. That’s who usually people go to for medical advice, doctors,” he said.
Doocy shot back, “I didn’t go to a doctor before I got the shot.”
“That’s your choice,” Earhardt said in response while Kilmeade added, “That’s your decision.”
“I don’t think anchors should be recommending medical advice,” he continued, with Earhardt voicing her agreement with that point.
“But a lot of people have been tuning in to the show for 25 years to see what we think about different things,” Doocy calmly responded. “I think if you have the opportunity, get the shot.”
“Right. But shouldn’t you see a doctor to give you expertise to what they are seeing?” Kilmeade asked.
“There are some women that don’t wanna get it if they’re pregnant until the baby’s born” Earhardt offered. “I understand that. Some people just had COVID, they wanna wait — what do they suggest, wait three months before you get the shot?”
She went on to note that in New York City, where the co-hosts live, she isn’t allowed inside businesses and restaurants with her young children because they are not vaccinated.
“Which means you can’t,” Doocy chimed in.
“Exactly,” Earhardt responded, adding that some restaurants offer outdoor dining before asking rhetorically if unvaccinated people, kids included, would even be allowed in those venues.
“I guess every state’s gonna decide what they’re gonna do,” said Kilmeade, who went on to speculate that in some cities like New York, it’s going to be challenging, to say the least, for business and restaurant owners to enforce a rule requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination.
“Is that a vaccinated card? Is that a forged vaccinated card?” Kilmeade offered, before suggesting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would authorize “raids” of establishments to ensure they were complying with the proof of vaccine mandate.
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