For Republicans, at least 44.8% of House members are vaccinated and at least 92% of senators are, according to CNN.
As part of a follow-up to a House-wide survey in March and interviews with members, CNN confirmed that 312 of the 431 House members – just over 72% of the 431 members – have now received a Covid-19 vaccination. . Of that total, the 219 House Democrats said they had been vaccinated. Among the Republican Conference, 95 of 212 members – 44.8% – declared themselves vaccinated.
One hundred and twelve Republican offices did not respond to multiple inquiries from CNN.
Although the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, Except in special circumstances, the house mask requirement will remain in place until all members and all floors. staff are fully vaccinated.
A House Republican, Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky, said he was not vaccinated.
“The Pfizer and Moderna trials have shown no benefit from the vaccine for people previously infected, so I will not take the vaccine,” Massie said in a statement to CNN.
Clinical trials and actual data show that mRNA vaccines are over 95% effective in preventing severe Covid-19 disease, hospitalizations and death.
Three other Republicans – Reps Greg Steube and Kat Cammack of Florida and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia – said they didn’t want to share the information.
“I’m not going to talk about it. I don’t think anyone should have to share their personal health information with anyone, ”Steube told CNN.
Representative Guy Reschenthaler from Pennsylvania told CNN, “I have the antibodies” when asked if he had been vaccinated. But experts don’t know how long the antibodies last in someone who has recovered from Covid-19, and research suggests that coronavirus vaccines will offer better protection, especially when it comes to some of the worrying variants. . A study found that people in South Africa who received the Pfizer vaccine after the B.1.351 virus became the dominant circulating virus were still very strongly protected against infection, and that protection lasted for at least six months.
All 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to interviews with those senators and a CNN review of their public statements.
On the Republican side, 46 out of 50 senators say they have been vaccinated, while two will not publicly announce their vaccination status and two others – Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky – refuse to be vaccinated, arguing that they have already got the vaccine. disease and therefore do not need it.
Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, and Johnson say the antibodies they have protect against serious reinfection despite the CDC telling people they don’t know how long the immunity lasts and that they need to be checked. get vaccinated even if they have had infections in the past. .
“I thought I was doing everyone a favor,” Johnson told CNN on a phone call in March. “I don’t think this is all an established science, but the reason I’m not vaccinated yet is that I had Covid and even when I had it I had a mild case. … Now I am attacked as being anti-science. It confuses my mind. “
Reluctance over vaccines among Republicans remains a concern as the country rushes to end the pandemic, several polls have shown. The other Kentucky senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is a polio survivor and vaccine supporter, has repeatedly addressed the issue, urging all Republicans to get vaccinated.
GOP Meaning. Kevin Cramer and Mike Braun told CNN several months ago that they would likely receive the coronavirus vaccine. But they say they won’t publicly disclose their vaccine status, arguing it’s a private medical decision.
Cramer, who represents the red state of North Dakota, said he decided not to say whether he had or will receive the blow “out of respect” for many of his constituents who value their privacy.
“What has really been highlighted with us is that for many, many North Dakotans… privacy is more important than the issue,” Cramer said. “And really out of respect for them, I just feel like, you know, we don’t disclose medical information. “
He added of the coronavirus vaccine: “You should feel free to do it if you want to do it. You shouldn’t be ashamed of not doing it if you don’t want to. It is a free country. “
Likewise, Braun said he thinks personal choice is more important.
The Indiana Republican cited many reasons why Americans may choose not to be vaccinated, such as “allergies, personal or religious objections, or concerns about underlying health issues” and said argues that “it is not appropriate to interfere in an American’s personal health decisions” in a statement his office provided to CNN.
Braun also told CNN this week that his decision not to disclose his vaccine status was not about what his constituents thought of privacy, but that was his personal opinion. He argued, however, that the personal choice mentality is a “philosophy that we might have in a place like Indiana.”
When asked if he thought it was important to help promote getting a Covid vaccine by getting vaccinated and publicly announcing it, when many Republicans remain hesitant, Braun responded. : “No, I think it’s something that goes too far. “
At the same time, Cramer and Braun are recommending that Americans get vaccinated to help end the pandemic if they so choose.
This story was updated with additional developments on Friday.