U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, has been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, but that doesn’t mean he is pushing his constituents to do the same.
“I’m a congressman, not a doctor or a pastor. My constituents don’t elect me to tell them what to do or to preach to them,” he told The Journal Gazette on Friday. “It was a personal decision.”
Banks this week has pushed back against new federal guidance urging even those vaccinated to start wearing masks indoors again. And he has spoken against a mandate in the U.S. House to wear masks.
On Fox and Friends First Friday he said, “If you follow the science, there’s no logic,” noting there are far fewer COVID-19 deaths now than when restrictions were dropped earlier.
Banks said he wasn’t hiding his vaccination status, but that no one has asked. He said “it’s not my role” to push people to