Trump Tells Followers He Got a Booster Shot. They Booed.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- After former President Donald Trump said he had gotten a booster shot during an event in Texas this week, boos erupted from parts of the crowd.
The incident occurred Sunday during a stop of Trump's tour with former Fox Newshost Bill O'Reilly and was recorded in a video tweeted by O'Reilly's "No Spin News."
During the video, O'Reilly says that both he and Trump have been vaccinated and then asks Trump, "Did you get the booster?" Trump replies that he did, triggering boos from some in the audience.
In a Wall Street Journal interview published in September, Trump said he was unlikely to get a booster shot, CNN reported. While he has championed his administration's efforts to develop COVID vaccines, he has not widely endorsed vaccines or boosters.
After being diagnosed with COVID-19 during his presidency, Trump received his first COVID vaccine dose out of view of the press before leaving office. And he did not participate in a COVID-19 public service announcement that featured all other living former U.S. presidents, CNN reported.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, applauded Trump's decision to reveal that he had a booster shot.
"I'm very pleased that he did say that and come out publicly and say that he has been vaccinated and boosted," Fauci said during an appearance Tuesday on CNN's "New Day."
"But to get booed for saying that just tells you about the extraordinary divisiveness we have going into this public health issue, which should be devoid of divisiveness," Fauci added. "It should just be focusing on what the public health principles are."
At an event in Alabama in August, Trump was also booed by some audience members when he recommended that people get vaccinated, CNN reported.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on COVID boosters.