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Vaccine Hesitancy in Congress

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Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows a return to normalcy on Capitol Hill.

 

Several Republican members who had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 say they feel no need to be vaccinated now, since the antibodies are in their systems.

Lawmakers, like the rest of the country, are all eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. But President Biden’s speech to Congress last week looked like he was addressing a group that hadn’t gotten a single shot.

With a crowd a fraction of its usual size the speech underscored how life on Capitol Hill has been slow to return to normal and how difficult it is to persuade holdouts to get immunized.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi estimated a day after the address that about 75 percent of House members have been vaccinated, a figure unchanged since March.

Until more members get vaccinated, Pelosi said, the House won’t return to pre-pandemic operations.

Several Republican members who had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 say they feel no need to be vaccinated now, since the antibodies are in their systems.

 

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