“You got a vaccine, and science is telling you it’s very, very effective. So why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine?” Johnson asked.
In the McKenna interview, however, Johnson said he is skeptical of the “big push” to vaccinate all Americans.
“From my standpoint, because it’s not a fully approved vaccine, I think we probably should have limited the distribution to the vulnerable. To people that really aren’t, you know, for the very young, I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people,” Johnson said.
Asked by CNN on Friday if he believed every American over the age of 16 should receive the vaccine, Johnson would not directly answer the question and instead insisted that he favored Americans making their own decisions about whether to get vaccinated.
“I believe government’s role (and therefore my role) is to help ensure transparency so that people have as much information as possible to make an informed decision for themselves,” Johnson said in a statement. “It is a legitimate question as to whether people at very low risk of suffering serious illness from Covid, particularly the young and healthy, should be encouraged to take a vaccine that is being administered under an Emergency Use Authorization — in other words, before it has been fully tested and fully approved.”
CNN’s Ali Main and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.Source link