Fox News’ Sean Hannity is encouraging his viewers to take COVID-19 seriously and to get vaccinated against the virus.
During a segment of his show on Monday, the host said, “Just like we’ve been saying, please take COVID seriously. I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more death.”
“Research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition, and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously,” he continued.
Finally, he added, “It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated. I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination.”
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SEAN HANNITY: "Please take Covid seriously. I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor… I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination." pic.twitter.com/tOi5ebpqSf
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Hannity’s comments come as Biden administration officials have raised alarms around misinformation regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines.
Since the early days of the pandemic, Fox News has been accused of spreading misinformation about the virus.
Last year, the watchdog organization Media Matters for America named Hannity one of the main sources of misinformation about the virus.
The organization said, “Taken as a whole, his commentary falls into six discernible themes: peddling unproven treatments, comparing COVID-19 to other illnesses or focusing on other ways people can die, defending Trump’s response to the pandemic, blaming the media and journalists, downplaying supply shortages, and attacking local and congressional responses.”
Hannity pushed back on the charge that he was spreading misinformation about the virus during an interview with Newsweek, “Go to my web site and you’ll see irrefutable evidence that I have taken this seriously way before most in the media did. I warned in January that it was dangerous because it was highly contagious, but some people were asymptomatic, so it would spread quickly.”
He also denied that he had called the virus a “hoax.”
“I never called it a ‘hoax.’ I said it was a hoax for them to be using it as a bludgeon on Trump. And they are. Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi are talking about an investigation,” he explained.
As of Tuesday morning, at least 608,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
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