N.C. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill: Who Has Not Been Vaccinated for COVID-19?

Spectrum News 1
March 17, 2021

Vaccines have been available for lawmakers on Capitol Hill for months now, and most North Carolina lawmakers have taken advantage of the rollout.

Democrats and Republicans alike have gotten the shots, some of them posting photos on Twitter.

But at least two North Carolina lawmakers - both Republicans - have so far not been vaccinated, according to their offices. (Spokespersons for two other Republicans - Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. Dan Bishop - did not respond to emailed questions about the lawmaker’s vaccination status.)

One of those so far not vaccinated is Rep. Ted Budd, R-13th District, who tested positive for the virus in December. In a statement, his spokesman said Budd has antibodies and “decided to let other people get the shot before him.”

The other North Carolina lawmaker not vaccinated so far, according to their office, is 25-year-old Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-11th District.

Back in early January, he told Spectrum News 1 that he is “probably never going to take it.”

Lorien Abroms, who teaches health communications at the Milken Institute at The George Washington University, labels the poll results concerning, noting the potential implications for life returning to “normal.”

“We're not going to get there without Republicans getting vaccinated, Democrats getting vaccinated. People from all walks of life getting vaccinated,” she said.

So, how is it possible to convince the Republicans to get the shot?

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