Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recorded her expertise getting the COVID-19 vaccine and shared it along with her 8.2 million Instagram followers.
The freshman consultant of elements of The Bronx and Queens on Friday night time shared video of herself within the lead as much as the shot — together with filling out a questionnaire — the injection itself, in addition to how she felt afterwards.
“I would would never, ever ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself,” she wrote within the put up.
The Democratic socialist additionally answered questions from followers, saying she was experiencing some minor signs after the inoculation.
“I have a little muscle soreness in my arm which is not unusual with any shot. The second thing that I’m feeling is fatigue — but also, it’s been a really long time since I had a break,” the rep mentioned, alluding to the weekend’s marathon session on Capitol Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez additionally tried to clarify in layman’s phrases how the mRNA vaccine differs from a standard inoculation — by instructing cells learn how to make a protein that triggers an immune response, as an alternative of injecting the affected person with a weakened or inactivated pressure of the virus.
“It’s kind of like the difference between if you had a burglar and then he broke into your house and you learn to to fight him versus if someone gave you a picture of the burglar… if you see that picture and you see that guy walking towards your house, you’re like ‘oh I know that guy, he’s a burglar,’” the 31-year-old mentioned.
Ocasio-Cortez mentioned she and different members of the House of Representatives had been being “urged to take [the vaccine] as part of the government’s plan,” including in her put up that the measure was “in accordance with national security protocols.”
But the video didn’t go down properly with all of her followers — with some questioning why politicians had been getting the shot earlier than many healthcare staff had acquired theirs.
“AOC, I love you, but I’m a nurse and I’m still waiting to get mine so what exactly qualifies politicians to get a vaccine before healthcare workers?” one follower commented.
“Why are you getting this before health care workers? I put breathing tubes in people’s airways for 13hrs a day,” griped one other.
“This feels as self-serving as every other politician. It’s disappointing and a slap in the face to those of us who have showed up since March to care for others. National Security won’t be impacted by my shifts this week with COVID patients at an all time high in the hospital and no vaccine in sight.. but I’ll still providing anesthesia to very sick people and not seeing my family while politicians get prioritized over me and my coworkers. Enjoy your time off with your vaccine.. I’ll be standing in the n95 for 13+hrs a day.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s canine Deco additionally didn’t appear enthused by the video — it could possibly be heard within the background loudly loud night breathing all through her explanations.