People have been divided over US Congress members receiving the coronavirus vaccine before other priority groups and now one of the most prominent progressive representatives is calling out her colleagues for doing so.
Democrat Ilhan Omar said it was “shameful” and “disturbing” that members were among the first to get the vaccine while most frontline workers and the elderly and sick have to wait.
She pledged not to take up the offer, tweeting “there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritise those who need it most”.
The representative for Minnesota added politicians were “not more important” than those making sacrifices everyday.
Lawmakers to get the vaccine include her fellow “Squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who chronicled her vaccination on a series of Instagram Stories and encouraged followers to ask questions about it.
Ocasio-Cortez defended herself from criticism from Republican senator Rand Paul, who claimed it was inappropriate for either of them to take up the vaccine, by noting potential misinformation could spread if politicians told people to get a vaccine they were not willing to take themselves.
I was asked about getting vaccinated with others in Congress:
It is inappropriate for me - who has already gotten… https://t.co/aAqLi5ejzD
— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)
Our job is to make sure the vaccine isn’t politicized the way masks were politicized.
If you actually listened to… https://t.co/TshX9qrvSx