McConnell announces he will get vaccine soon

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Majority Mitch McConnell announced Thursday night that, in keeping with government continuity requirements, he will receive the COVID vaccine in the next few days.

In a statement released by his office, McConnell said he is troubled by polls showing that a quarter of Americans say they will not get the vaccine, and another quarter say they aren’t sure if they will.

He said as a polio survivor, he recognizes the “extraordinary promise of hope that vaccines bring.”

McConnell also said even after he receives the vaccine, he plans to continue wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing his hands frequently, and he encouraged others to do the same.

He added that is that only way to defeat the coronavirus once and for all.

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Full statement by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell