Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have volunteered to get the COVID-19 vaccine on camera to promote confidence in the vaccine’s safety for the public, CNN reported on Wednesday.
This is coming on the heels of an upsurge in infections and deaths due to covid19 in the US.
Bush’s chief of staff, Freddy Ford, told CNN that Bush had reached out to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. Deborah Birx, America’s top infectious disease expert, to see how he could help push the vaccine.
Clinton’s press secretary also told CNN that he would be willing to get the vaccine in a public setting to promote its safety. Obama told SiriusXM host Joe Madison that, when the vaccine is available, he plans on getting it and may even get it on camera if it will help people trust it.
The possibility that many citizens will refuse to take the vaccine has worried health officials in recent months, although more and more Americans have become willing to accept the vaccine since Pfizer and Moderna released efficacy updates last month.
About six in 10 (58%) United States citizens would agree to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if an FDA-approved immunization was available today at no cost, according to a Gallup poll released in November, compared to 50% in a Gallup poll in September.