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Greene declines to answer question about vaccination status

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)

GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has evaded to answer a question about whether or not she is vaccinated against Covid-19, arguing that the question violates her health privacy rights.

Asked by a reporter whether she is vaccinated and does she disagree with the House Minority Whip Steve Scalise over the issue, Greene replied that "your first question is a violation of my HIPPA rights."

"With HIPPA rights, we don't have to reveal our medical records and that also involves our vaccine records," she added.

HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is a federal law passed to protect patients' medical records from fraud and theft by the health care insurance industries.

The comments by Greene come after Twitter banned her from its service for 12 hours on Monday over sharing misleading information about the coronavirus.

Over the past weeks she has also severely criticized US President Joe Biden’s anti-Covid-19 agenda, comparing the Biden administration’s vaccination program to “Brownshirts” that helped Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power.

"Biden pushing a vaccine that is NOT FDA approved shows Covid is a political tool used to control people," Greene said. "People have a choice, they don’t need your medical brown shirts showing up at their door ordering vaccinations."

Greene’s comments come after Biden announced that his public health officials are ready "to go community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and often times door-to-door, literally knocking on doors" to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Greene, a staunch supporter of former US President Donald Trump, has a long history of sharing false information about the Covid-19 pandemic.


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