During his rally in Alabama on Saturday, Former President Donald Trump was briefly booed when he urged his supporters to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Trump, who has been touring the country for his "Save America" rallies supporting Republican candidates running for Congress, shared that he was able to get all three vaccines developed in under nine months during his presidency. He then suggested that those present get the vaccine.
"You know what? I believe totally in your freedoms. You got to do what you have to do, but I recommend: Take the vaccines. I did it – it's good," he said.
Following his comments, some boos could be heard in the crowd of his mostly maskless supporters. However, Trump acknowledged the crowd's reaction and said it was okay.
"That's alright. You got your freedoms. But I happen to take the vaccine. If it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know. I'll call Alabama say, 'Hey, you know what?' But it is working. But you do have your freedoms."
At the moment, Alabama is the lowest fully vaccinated state, with only 36.3% vaccinated. Regarding residents receiving at least one shot, four states are lower, Idaho, Wyoming, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Alabama has 48% with at least one shot.
However, on Saturday, Alabama reported no new COVID-19 cases, according to the CDC. This was just two days after 3,890 new cases were reported.
Almost every county throughout the state has been designated high transmission areas, including Cullman, where Trump's rally took place. In addition, 21,000 positive cases were reported throughout the state last week, the Alabama Public Health Department reported. Currently, the state has also filed its ICU beds, USA Today reported.
At the rally, Trump also criticized how President Joe Biden has handled the situation in Afghanistan, saying that Vietnam was handled better.
When candidate Mo Brooks recommended that supporters move on from the 2020 election, the crowd started chanting, "fix it now."
Trump closed his remarks, saying he wants to "Make America Great Again," as he walked off the stage to "Sweet Home Alabama."