Lindsey Graham says he was ‘flat on his back’ with COVID and is now ‘up and moving’ because he took the vaccine
- ‘I’m convinced if I did not have the vaccine the outcome would have been a lot worse,’ the South Carolina Republican said
- Graham tested positive for the virus at the beginning of the month after having been vaccinated in December
- On Aug. 19, three senators subsequently announced Covid-19 diagnoses
Sen. Lindsey Graham revealed Tuesday that Covid-19 had him ‘flat on my back,’ but he believes it would have been worse if he did not take the vaccine.
‘I’m convinced if I did not have the vaccine the outcome would have been a lot worse,’ the South Carolina Republican said as he delivered remarks at an event commemorating the expansion of the Emergency Department at Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital.
‘I was pretty much flat on my back, but I’m up and moving around now because I think the vaccine lessens the blow. And if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do.’
Graham tested positive for the virus at the beginning of the month. He was the first US senator to disclose a breakthrough coronavirus case, and at the time of the announcement said he’d been having flu-like symptoms.
Graham, while quarantining due to his diagnosis, missed votes on the numerous amendments to the $3.5 trillion budget resolution in what is known as a vote-a-rama.
Weeks later, on Aug. 19, three senators subsequently announced Covid-19 diagnoses – Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent, and Colorado Democrat Sen. John Hickenlooper. All were fully vaccinated.
‘Breakthrough’ infections among vaccinated people are relatively rare, although top federal health officials warned Wednesday that vaccines are showing diminishing effectiveness over time, and recommended Americans get booster shots eight months after their last shot.
Graham has aggressively advocated for the Covid-19 vaccine, and even implored former President Trump to do the same.
Graham was vaccinated against Covid-19 in December but diagnosed with the virus eight months later in August
‘I was pretty much flat on my back, but I’m up and moving around now because I think the vaccine lessens the blow. And if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do,’ Graham said in a video posted tuesday
‘I’ve urged him to be aggressive and say, ‘Take the vaccine,’ Graham told the Associated Press earlier this month.
‘No one’s being asked to go off to fight radical Islam or fight a foreign enemy. We’re being asked to make responsible medical decisions,’ Graham said. ‘Take the vaccine.’
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times that he wished that Trump had gotten the shot publicly, so that his supporters could ‘see how much trust and confidence he has’ in the vaccines.
Trump got vaccinated in December 2020.
Last month at a rally in Phoenix, Trump said some of his supporters weren’t getting vaccinated because they ‘don’t trust’ President Joe Biden and stressed people’s ‘freedoms 100 percent.’ But last week, his tune warmed toward vaccines at a rally in Cunningham, Alabama.
‘I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. But I recommend that you take the vaccines,’ Trump said to the crowd, who replied with jeers.
‘You’ve got your freedoms,’ he responded. ‘But I happened to take the vaccine.’
Once the booing stopped, Trump told his supporters they would be the ‘first to know’ if the vaccine was ineffective.
‘If it doesn’t work, you’ll be the first to know. Ok?’ he said. ‘I’ll call up Alabama and say, ‘hey, you know what?’…But, it is working. But you do have your freedoms. You have to keep — you have to maintain that.’