Durbin: To Protect Yourself, Your Family, And Your Community, Get Vaccinated

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of getting vaccinated and dispelling misinformation about COVID-19. Due to low vaccination rates in some parts of the country, the more contagious Delta variant has spread quickly among the unvaccinated and has resulted in “breakthrough cases” among vaccinated populations. In his remarks, Durbin reiterated the updated CDC guidelines and encouraged all individuals, including fully vaccinated people, to wear masks in indoor, public spaces in high transmission areas.

“My wife and I received our COVID vaccinations, and we’re grateful to the scientists, doctors, nurses, and everyone else who made those miracle medicines possible…This mutation known as the Delta variant is now in every state in the union. COVID infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are on the rise again. Almost all of those who were hospitalized and facing serious illness and even death are unvaccinated,” Durbin said.

“While unvaccinated people should wear masks whenever out in public, the CDC’s now recommending that vaccinated people who live in high transmission areas also wear masks in indoor public spaces. Further, vaccinated people who have vulnerable individuals in their households—including young children, or those who are immunocompromised—should wear masks in public places…If you want to protect yourself, your family, and your community, get vaccinated. It’s free and safe. Until then, wear the mask when you must,” he concluded.

Video of Durbin’s floor speech is available here.

Audio of Durbin’s floor speech is available here.

Footage of Durbin’s floor speech is available here for TV Stations.