“Well, first of all, it’s none of your business, but I’m going to tell you,” Massie said when a reporter pointed out that he didn’t answer a question about his vaccination status. “I’m not vaccinated, and until there’s … some data that shows that it will improve upon the immunity that’s been conferred to me as a result of a natural infection that I had.”
The reporter confronted Massie after he spoke during a press conference about the 2021 Fire Fauci Act, which reduces the salary of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and calls for an examination of his correspondences and expenditures.
Massie, who pointed out that he received his master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tested positive for coronavirus in January of 2020 and announced on Glenn Beck’s radio show in August of 2020 that he had tested positive for antibodies, prompting him to donate plasma, the Courier-Journal reported at the time.
The congressman is co-sponsoring the Fire Fauci Act — first introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. — along with 10 other Republican members of Congress.
“One of the biggest scandals during this whole pandemic is the coverup that’s been committed by Dr. Fauci and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] — especially the CDC — about the effectiveness of immunity that’s conferred after a natural infection, after you’ve recovered from [COVID], they’ve completely ignored that,” Massie said during the conference.
The Kentucky Republican clarified that he is not advocating people get the virus instead of the vaccine.