Donald Trump Says People Should 'Embrace' Vaccines After Getting Booed Over Booster

Donald Trump urged Americans to "embrace" the COVID vaccine after confirming he had received a booster shot.

Speaking to Fox News, the former president said that people should willingly choose to protect themselves against the virus instead of being made to do so with mandates.

Trump also suggested convincing people to get the shot should be a "question of tone" rather than force.

"You have to embrace it. You don't have to do it, and there can't be mandates and all those things, but you have to embrace it," Trump said.

"It's a matter of getting people out to, ideally, get the vaccine. If you have the mandate, the mandate will destroy people's lives — it destroys people's lives, just as the vaccine saves people."

"I think that it's really a question of tone. It's a question of trust, and hopefully, the people that have had COVID, hopefully they will be given credit for that," he added.

During his recent History Tour with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, a section of the crowd booed Trump when he revealed he had received the booster shot.

"Don't, don't, don't... that's alright, it's a very tiny group over there," Trump said in response to the booing.

During the event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Trump, who contracted COVID in October 2020, also encouraged the audience to get vaccinated, while saying his administration "did something that was historic" with the rollout.

President Joe Biden thanked the Trump administration for putting in the groundwork for the rollout under Operation Warp Speed, including fast-tracking three vaccines.

"Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America's one of the first countries to get the vaccine," Biden said in a speech on Tuesday detailing plans to combat the Omicron variant. "Thanks to my administration and the hard work of Americans, we led a rollout [that] made America among the world leaders and getting shots and arms."

'Surprised' to Receive Thanks

In his interview with Fox News, Trump said he was "surprised" to hear Biden thanking his administration for beginning the vaccine rollout.

"I'm very appreciative of that — I was surprised to hear it," Trump said. "I think it was a terrific thing, and I think it makes a lot of people happy.

"I think he did something very good," Trump said. "You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot."

"I may have been the vehicle, but we all did this together," he added.

"When we came up with these incredible vaccines — three of them — and therapeutics, we did a tremendous job, and we should never disparage them," Trump said.

"We should be really happy about it because we've all saved millions and millions of lives all over the world."

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Donald Trump speaks during the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House in Washington, D.C., on December 8, 2020. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images