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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Filmed a public service announcement encouraging people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, a 30-second video shot and distributed by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.

The PSA begins with a voiceover, then turns to McConnell speaking directly to the camera, saying, “As a boy, I fought polio. Today America has been polio-free for 40 years, thanks to vaccinations. We will also beat Covid-19 with vaccines. Protect yourself and your family. To get vaccinated.”

The PSA is just another example of McConnell’s pressure to get Americans vaccinated. Last month, he ran radio ads in Kentucky to promote immunization efforts in the state.

The ad was made available to stations across the country, but it has aired more than 100 times in local Kentucky television markets, a McConnell spokesperson told NBC News. McConnell’s office approached the National Association of Broadcasters to make the PSA, and he recorded it at the Kentucky Broadcasters Association studios in Louisville.

McConnell was not shy about pushing people to get the Covid shot, saying at an event in Kentucky on Tuesday: “Ninety percent of hospitals in Kentucky and across the country are overflowing with people not vaccinated. Proof – not opinion – proof that vaccines work. “

“I hope each of you do everything possible to influence your friends, family, employees, there is a solution to that, it is vaccination. And this is the only way out of this pandemic, permanently, ”he said.

Kentucky has seen a spike in Covid cases, with a 62% increase in cases over the past 14 days. The state has 48% of its population fully vaccinated and 57% having received at least one dose, according to state data.

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