Rand Paul says he’s skipping vaccine for now, may reconsider

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on a radio show he won’t be getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but that he might change his mind if people who previously contracted the disease are getting reinfected at a greater rate than those who are vaccinated. The Republican said on a podcast released Sunday that he doesn’t want the federal government ordering him around. Health officials have urged vaccination as a longer-term solution. Paul announced in March 2020 that he had tested positive for the virus, becoming the first COVID-19 case in the Senate.

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