Paul (R-Ky.), One of the first senators to test positive for the virus last March, told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show that it was a personal decision to withdraw from the vaccine.
An ophthalmologist, Paul said that unless he sees evidence proving the vaccine is more effective than surviving the virus, he will not be vaccinated.
“Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection die in large numbers, are hospitalized, or get very sick, I just made my personal decision not to get the vaccine because I have already had the disease. and I have natural immunity, ”Paul said in the interview broadcast on Sunday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged people who have had COVID to get vaccinated because “experts don’t yet know how long you’re safe from getting sick again after your recovery.”
“Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible – although rare – that you will be infected again with the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC said on its website.
Paul, who has argued with Dr Anthony Fauci in several Senate hearings over whether the virus originated in a Chinese lab, wore a mask, said getting the shot should be a personal choice.
“In a free country, you would think that people would honor the idea that each individual would make the medical decision, that not a big brother would come and tell me what to do,” said Paul.
“Are they also going to tell me I can’t have a cheeseburger for lunch?” Will they tell me I should only eat carrots and cut my calories? Paul added. “It would probably all be good for me, but I don’t think my big brother should tell me to do it.
According to the CDC, 38.9% of all Americans are fully vaccinated and 48.9% have received at least one dose.