May 23, 2021 - Health

Rand Paul says he won't get COVID-19 vaccine

Rand Paul wears a suit and tie

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on May 11. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won't get vaccinated against COVID-19 because he previously contracted the virus, the Republican lawmaker told radio host John Catsimatidis.

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises vaccination for those who previously had the coronavirus because experts do not yet know how long the immune system will protect against reinfection.

What he's saying: “Until they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers, or being hospitalized or getting very sick, I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated because I’ve already had the disease and I have natural immunity now,” Paul said.

Flashback: Paul tested positive for the virus in March 2020.

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