Sen. Mike Braun refuses to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status
Braun’s office will not be commenting on his personal healthcare decisions, a spokesperson says.
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Sen. Mike Braun is refusing to disclose whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a spokesperson from his office.
Braun was recently reported as one of at least four GOP senators who haven't been vaccinated against the virus, according to Insider. The news comes as Indiana's statewide mask mandate has ended: Executive Order 21-09 relegated the statewide mask mandate to an advisory on April 6.
"The COVID vaccine is an incredible medical breakthrough, and the decision to get vaccinated is a personal choice that some Americans may choose not to take for reasons such as severe allergies, personal or religious objections, or concerns over underlying health conditions like autoimmune disorders, and it isn't proper to intrude on any American's personal health decisions by keeping tabs on who has or has not received a vaccine through 'passports' or lists," Braun told IMPORTANTVILLE.
Sen. Todd Young was vaccinated weeks ago. Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell encouraged Republican men to get vaccinated. "I can say as a Republican man, as soon as it was my turn, I took the vaccine," McConnell, of Kentucky, said. "I would encourage all Republican men to do that." He added that there is "no good argument not to get the vaccination. I would encourage all men, regardless of party affiliation to get the vaccination."
"I was waiting for the J&J vaccination and was disappointed that it's using, you know, aborted fetus in its constitution where it brings up the issue if you're pro-life it's got many uneasy with using that,” Braun said recently. According to the New York Times, "the connection is remote: Some of the vaccines were developed and tested using cells derived from the fetal tissue of elective abortions that took place decades ago. The vaccines do not include fetal tissue, and no additional abortions are required to manufacture them." Braun's office did not dispute that reporting.
Braun's office will not be commenting on his personal healthcare decisions going forward, a spokesperson said.