However the president can be conscious that a big a part of his political base is made up of supporters who refuse to put on masks and so-called anti-vaxxers suspicious of the Covid-19 vaccine. After months of positioning himself in opposition to public well being specialists, folks accustomed to his considering stated, Mr. Trump feels on some degree as if he doesn’t need to be seen as caving in the long run to the recommendation of the identical folks he has disparaged.

Some supporters with massive on-line followings have even criticized him in latest days for selling the vaccine in any respect. “You already know, Trump, most likely 80 p.c of your base doesn’t need that vaccine,” DeAnna Lorraine, a QAnon conspiracy theorist with a big following on InfoWars, stated on her program final week. “I don’t care who takes it. I don’t care if Jesus takes it. I’m not taking the vaccine.”

Public well being officers stated they have been happy that the vice chairman was going to be vaccinated in public, together with Surgeon Basic Jerome Adams, regardless of the president’s personal lack of curiosity in sending an identical public well being message.

“It’s the appropriate factor to do,” stated Dr. Vinay Gupta, an assistant professor of pulmonary and important care medication on the College of Washington. “The query is why don’t they do it collectively, six toes aside? It might be actually highly effective for the president, who has gotten distinctive therapy, to say that even regardless of getting the most effective care, it’s necessary that I get this vaccine.”

Mr. Trump’s determination, to date, to not get vaccinated, Dr. Gupta stated, risked undermining any confidence that Mr. Pence would possibly instill amongst skeptics who take their cues from the president alone.

“The truth that he isn’t getting it makes one marvel if he’s nervous,” Dr. Gupta stated. He additionally stated the muddled messages from the administration — hailing the vaccine whereas internet hosting vacation events — risked “giving false reassurances to the American those that the vaccine is right here and vigilance is now not required.”

White Home officers have stated Mr. Trump doesn’t have to get vaccinated as a result of he nonetheless has the protecting results of the monoclonal antibody cocktail that was used to deal with him for the virus in October. However Dr. Gupta stated that was a misinterpretation of the outcomes and that there was “no scientific cause to not get vaccinated.”