Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic Representative from Hawaii, said that she will refuse to take the vaccine until seniors can get it. The vaccine was already made available to lawmakers, and many of them have gladly taken their shot in the arm.
"Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans don't count. They're recommending 100 million 'essential workers' (i.e. healthy people working at liquor stores or phone companies) can get the vaccine before our grandparents can," Gabbard said.
Gabbard spoke about her aunt, "who is imprisoned in her own home because of the danger... if she gets the disease, she could die."
Gabbard, who has become famous for often going against her own party and simply speaking her mind, continued, "This is immoral and bad health policy. I had planned to get the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until THEY can. I urge my colleagues who are under 65 and healthy to join me."
Critics have slammed the government's plans to vaccinate "essential workers" before the elderly because it smacks of critical race theory. One "expert" told The New York Times in an interview:
"Older populations are whiter. Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit."
Plenty of lawmakers were not concerned about being prioritized to receive the vaccine, and both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received their dose of the vaccine before the cameras.
The vaccine was made available to members of Congress as part of the "continuity of government plan," which AOC said was "basically a national security measure."
Many politicians, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden have said that if it would help Americans feel more confident about the vaccine they'd be glad to receive their dosages first, and live on camera.