Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all took part in a video encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. One former president was missing, however.
As a growing number of conspiracy theorists concoct false problems with the vaccine, former presidents came together to assure people it's necessary. Many people are clamoring for the shot, but misinformation is spreading with claims that the vaccine will kill you, Kaiser Health News reported this week.
"In some cases, anti-vaccine activists are fabricating stories of deaths that never occurred," the report explained.
"This is exactly what anti-vaccine groups do," said infectious diseases specialist Dr. Peter Hotez. "They will sensationalize anything that happens after someone gets a vaccine and attribute it to the vaccine."
That was one of many reasons that the former presidents came together to support the vaccine.
"Michelle and I got vaccinated against COVID-19 because we know it's the best way to beat this pandemic, protect one another, and get the country back up and running again," said Obama in a tweet. "So I hope you'll get the vaccine as soon as it's available to you. It could save your life."
"America has always been at its best when we are looking out for one another and pulling together in common cause," Clinton agreed. "Now, with the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, we have the chance to rise to the moment again. I encourage every American to get vaccinated as soon as it becomes available to you—and to feel confident, as Hillary and I did when we got ours, that it will protect you and your loved ones, and bring us all one step closer to ending this pandemic."
But former President Donald Trump, who got his vaccine in January, didn't want to participate.
"It was discussed and was something Trump didn't want to do," New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted. He was invited to participate, however.
It was discussed and was something Trump didn’t want to do https://t.co/WDxpD6SsBI— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1615472239.0
One year ago this week, former President Trump told Americans that the virus would just "go away," especially in April, when it got warmer. More than 500,000 people have died since then.
Trump one year ago today on COVID: “It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away." https://t.co/btBihCo7DC— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1615400304.0