- Returning to the air over the weekend, Fox News host Neil Cavuto urged viewers to get vaccinated.
- Cavuto, who also hosts a show on Fox Business, recently contracted a breakthrough infection.
- Other Fox personalities have doubted vaccine efficacy when speaking about breakthrough cases.
Neil Cavuto, a Fox News and Fox Business host who recently contracted a breakthrough COVID-19 infection, returned on-air Sunday to urge viewers to get vaccinated.
“I feel very strongly, and I know we live in this hyper-politicized age, that people get vaccinated,” Cavuto said on “MediaBuzz,” a Fox News Sunday morning show. “I know, you know, a lot of people say that’s a private decision. I get that. I appreciate that. But I would like to urge people of all sorts, please get vaccinated.”
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The longtime Fox anchor bluntly explained why he wants viewers to get the shot.
“I don’t look at things through a political spectrum, down to all my shows,” Cavuto said later on in the interview with host Howard Kurtz. “I have no the time for that. Life is too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the promise of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths. Stop the suffering. Please, get vaccinated. Please.”
The comments from Cavuto – who has been vaccinated and lives with multiple sclerosis (MS) – contradict what several of his network colleagues have said about coronavirus vaccines over the past several months, all despite mounting evidence that the fully FDA-approved vaccines are all effective at combatting the Delta variant.
Will Cain, a weekend host who filled-in on “Fox & Friends” the morning news broke of former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s death from COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, cast doubt on the overall efficacy of the vaccines.
Primetime hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham continue to bring on anti-vaccine guests and question the usefulness of the shots in segments targeted against vaccine mandates and public health experts.
Carlson baselessly claimed in September that the US military was purging ‘sincere Christians’ and ‘men with high testosterone levels’ by requiring vaccines within the ranks – with COVID shots being just one of 18 immunizations service members are required to receive.
Cavuto’s comments on the complete opposite end of the spectrum are the latest chapter in the network’s conflicted evolution when it comes to its coronavirus vaccine coverage.
While Carlson nor the network will say whether he’s been vaccinated, Cavuto explained clearly why he got it and continues to urge others to do so as an immunocompromised individual.
“This situation for me, being immunocompromised, half the cases that we’re hearing on the breakthrough front are among the immunocompromised, people like me who have had and have multiple sclerosis or a prior heart situation or cancer,” Cavuto said. ” … But there are of plenty of people working around you, Howie, at Fox and all types of business environments who are susceptible to this sort of thing … in the end, if you can get vaccinated and think of someone else and think of what that could mean to them and their survivability from something like this, we’ll all be better off.”