President Joe Biden used his first joint address to Congress Wednesday to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, touting the medicine as “a dose of hope” in the face of the deadly pandemic.
“Everyone over the age of 16, everyone – is now eligible and can get vaccinated right away,” Biden said. “So get vaccinated now.”
The scene in the chamber, however, did everything but encourage Americans to seek the novel vaccines. Vaccinated members still sat many feet apart while wearing face masks despite no guidelines from the lockdown-loving Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to require such distance or masks.
“If you’ve been fully vaccinated,” reads the CDC website, which includes a vast majority of members of Congress for months now, “you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.”
Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who are both vaccinated, still wore face masks behind the president in the