Among the members of the “Squad” are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesot herself.
Among the members of the “Squad” are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The response of Omar on Twitter was that “It would make sense if it was age, but unfortunately it’s of importance and it’s shameful. We are not more important than frontline workers, teachers etc. who are making sacrifices every day. Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it. ”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also weighed-in following the implicit criticism, saying on Twitter that “The actual answer to your question lies in the National Security Council, which is where that decision was made in compliance with Presidential Policy Directive-40. That policy was put in place in 2016 and established certain requirements for continuity of governance.”
“If it was within indiv power to “give” the vaccine to someone else, I would! But according to these protocols, there’s a chance it could have just been stored. There’s also a real risk in this age of misinfo of how it would be weaponized if leaders refused to take it en masse,” she added.
Some older lawmakers and politicians have already received their COVID-19 vaccinations, such as outgoing Vice-President Mike Pence and President-elect Joe Biden.