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Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate, said this week that she had not received the COVID-19 vaccine because she believed “in the science.”

In an interview with Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld on Thursday, the former governor of Alaska said he had natural immunity to the disease in March.

“I’m one of those common sense white conservatives,” Palin said. “I believe in science and I didn’t take the hit.”

“One, because the waitress never came back to ask me if I’m ready for this shot,” she continued. “But two, because I believe in the science and the falconry back then was, if you had COVID – I had COVID – well, Mother Nature was creating immunity.”

“So I want to ask the questions,” Palin added.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people receive the vaccine “regardless” of previous infection.

“Research has yet to show how long you are protected from COVID-19 after your recovery from COVID-19,” the CDC says on its website, noting that “vaccination helps protect you even if you have already had COVID-19. “

“Evidence is emerging that people get better protection from being fully vaccinated compared to having had COVID-19,” the CDC adds, citing a study showing that “unvaccinated people who have already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times more likely than fully vaccinated people. to get COVID-19 again. “

Under certain circumstances, according to the CDC, people who have contracted COVID-19 should not receive the vaccine for a defined period of time such as if they are still infectious or have been treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. See the full guidelines on the CDC website.

While Palin raised eyebrows on social media with her comments regarding the injections that have been administered safely to billions of people around the world, following her diagnosis earlier this year, she urged people to “use common sense” and wear masks in public – even this high-profile Republicans, especially former President Donald Trump, have been outraged at them.

“There are more viruses than stars in the sky, which means that we will never avoid all sources of disease or danger,” she said at the time. “Through it all, I see wearing that bulky mask indoors in a crowd not only allows for the new luxury of being incognito, but I hope it’s better than doing nothing to slow the spread. “

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