Donald Trump: ‘Nobody should be forced to get’ COVID-19 vaccine

President Donald Trump working in the presidential suite at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 3, 2020. (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House)

Former President Donald Trump supported COVID-19 vaccinations again, but said people should not be required to have them—likely in response to some states and countries calling for vaccine passport-style systems.

“The vaccine is a great thing and people should take advantage of it,” Trump told the New York Post on Thursday, but qualified his remarks by saying, “Nobody should be forced” as Americans “have our freedoms.”

“But I strongly recommend it because it’s a real lifesaver,” the former commander-in-chief continued, noting that his administration pushed to develop vaccines against the CCP virus. “I’m all in favor of the vaccine,” Trump said. “It’s one of the great achievements, a true miracle.”

“We’re saving tens of millions of lives throughout the world,” he said. “We’re saving entire countries.”

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, causes COVID-19.

Trump reported to the New York Post that he and his wife Melania Trump received the CCP virus vaccine many months ago. The former president did not state whether he got the vaccine from Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson.

“Not even a bit of arm soreness,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing stuff.”

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