Marjorie Taylor Greene Refuses To Reveal If She Has Been Vaccinated When Quizzed

Controversial Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) refused to reveal whether she has had the COVID-19 vaccine or not.

The lawmaker, 47, did not reveal her vaccine status when asked by a CBS journalist as she gave a press briefing at her office in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Greene was asked whether she had been jabbed against COVID-19, prompting the Georgia Representative to give a response referring to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

She said: "Well, your first question is in violation of my HIPAA rights. You see with HIPAA rights we don't have to reveal our medical records and that also involves our vaccine records."

The reporter did not press Greene on her answer regarding HIPAA and moved on to his second question.

But Greene's answer that the question itself was a "violation" of her rights underscored in the 1996 Act was not accurate, as reporters are not banned from asking people about their health information.

It is, instead, up to an individual whether they want to share information about their health publicly or not.

The Georgia lawmaker's refusal to disclose her vaccine status comes after the congresswoman reeled off claims about the vaccine, including that it left "thousands of people" with serious side effects.

Greene has previously called on Americans to reject having the COVID-19 vaccine and used the phrase "just say no," a reference to former President Ronald Reagan's war on drugs.

In a July 11 tweet, Greene said: "Thousands of people are reporting very serious life-changing vaccine side effects from taking covid vaccines.

"5,946 deaths are reported on the CDC website. Social media is censoring their stories & the media is silent. Biden is going to homes to push shots. Just say no!"

The tweet was soon labeled as "misleading" by Twitter, which then advised people to see what health officials had to say about vaccines.

Greene also previously said door-to-door vaccination efforts should focus more on obesity, rather than getting people jabbed.

During a Tuesday news conference, she said: "If we're going to talk about going door-to-door to ask people if they've had the vaccine and offer it, then we should definitely talk to people about how to reduce obesity to get rid of...the number-one risk factor that can lead to hospitalization or death."

Greene even agreed with former first lady Michelle Obama about the need to tackle childhood obesity.

While obesity is a risk factor if infected with COVID-19, vaccines do offer a large degree of protection against the virus.

According to the CDC, some people will still get sick and even die after having both jabs, but that would be "a small percentage."

The CDC has also stated that COVID-19 vaccines are "safe and effective" and has recommended anyone offered the vaccine should get jabbed.

Newsweek has contacted Greene for comment.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) outside the U.S. Capitol on June 14, 2021. Rep. Greene has told people to reject President Joe Biden's door-to-door vaccination effort. Drew Angerer/Getty