Two Fox News hosts on Monday urged viewers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after receiving criticism for promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric.
The network has now dismissed theories surrounding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, telling its viewers to get the shot it once openly questioned.
“One of the CDC officials said yesterday, look, the pandemic right now is really just with people who have not been vaccinated. Ninety-nine percent of the people who died have not been vaccinated. What they are trying to do is make sure that all of the people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated," Steve Doocy said Monday on "Fox & Friends."
He then addressed Facebook’s slow efforts to stop vaccine disinformation, saying that theories around vaccination altering DNA and inserting microchips are not true. "If you have the chance, get the shot, it will save your life," Doocy added.
During the show, co-host Ainsley Earhardt also gave a nod to the vaccines. She commented on the White House’s efforts to stop the spread of vaccine disinformation.
In a separate “Fox and Friends” segment on Monday, Fox News medical commentator Marc Siegel was asked to comment on the vaccine’s efficacy. "The vaccine works extremely well even against the delta variant," he said.
These comments from Fox News parsonalities come after the network received backlash for controversial comments they have made about local lockdown measures, face mask mandates, vaccine science and the pandemic as a whole, The Hill reported.
Fox News prime-time hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have been known for promoting vaccine conspiracy theories and criticizing President Joe Biden’s vaccination efforts.
Carlson, the highest-rated Fox News host, claimed the Biden administration was trying to "force people to take medicine they don't want or need." As for Ingraham, she said Biden’s recent “door to door” efforts asking people to get vaccinated is "creepy stuff,” the New York Times reported.
Forty-eight states are now seeing higher Covid-19 case numbers, with the overwhelming number of hospitalizations and deaths coming among those who are not fully vaccinated.