A pair of Fox News hosts on Monday urged viewers of the network to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, dismissing conspiracy theories about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
“Well, here’s the thing. And one of the CDC officials said yesterday, look, the pandemic right now is really just with people who have not been vaccinated. 99 percent of the people who died have not been vaccinated. What they are trying to do is make sure that all of the people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated,” host Steve Doocy said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Unfortunately, and this is one of the reasons apparently that Joe Biden and the administration came out last week, the administration very frustrated. They have not been able to get Facebook to get rid of some of the disinformation. The disinformation is online: The vaccine is killing lots and lots of people or it changes your DNA or there are little microchips. None of that is true.”
After co-host Ainsley Earhardt noted the recent concerted effort coming from the White House to fight the proliferation of vaccine misinformation, Doocy spoke directly to Fox News viewers, saying, “If you have the chance, get the shot, it will save your life.”
During a separate segment on Monday’s “Fox & Friends,” host and anchor Bill Hemmer asked Fox News medical contributor Marc Siegel: “The vaccine works, right? We haven’t budged on that, have we, doc?”
“The vaccine works extremely well even against the delta variant, preventing infection in 90 percent of cases,” Siegel responded.
The comments from the Fox News personalities come amid criticism the network has been hit with over controversial comments some hosts have made about local lockdown measures, face mask mandates, vaccine science and the pandemic as a whole.
Last week, The New York Times published a story detailing a litany comments made by prime-time hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham that the outlet said ran “at odds with the recommendations of health experts” relative to vaccines.
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