Former Democratic presidential candidate and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said members of Congress under the age of 65 should wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine until those who are older and the most vulnerable receive it first.
“Members of Congress like me, we can get the vaccine before at-risk seniors,” she said, adding that there are others—like the elderly or people with health conditions—who need it more.
She described the move as “immoral” and “a bad health policy,” according to comments on social media.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also wrote a message of support after Gabbard made the comments on social media.
Mast said the optics of politicians getting the vaccine before the general public is poor.
“Symbols matter in life,” he added. “The powerful symbol can be, ‘Hey listen, we’re going to make sure that we take care of the people first.’ … ‘You first. You first with the legislation, you first with the relief, you first with the vaccination, you first with everything else.’”