Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto on Sunday pleaded with viewers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Mediaite reports.
Sunday was Cavuto’s first appearance on the network since he himself, despite being fully vaccinated, contracted COVID-19, making him a so-called breakthrough case. That was roughly a week ago.
Cavuto, it ought to be noted, is at a higher risk of suffering serious complications from COVID-19 because of previous health problems, which include a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
The Fox host claimed that “had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation.”
“You can help them out a lot”
On Sunday, Cavuto appeared remotely on Fox’s Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz. There, he made his plea to viewers:
The situation for me being immunocompromised, half the cases we’re hearing on the breakthrough front are among the immunocompromised, people like me who had and have multiple sclerosis or prior heart situations or cancer. There are many like that all around us, and mine is not secret at Fox.
But there are plenty of people around around you, Howie, at Fox and all types of business environments who are susceptible to this kind of thing. You can help them out a lot. […] If you can get vaccinated and think of someone else and what it could mean for them and their survivability for something like this, we’ll all be better off.
Cavuto failed to explain how someone else getting vaccinated can help those in the at-risk group. It is fairly well-known by now that COVID-19 vaccines neither stop one from contracting the virus, as Cavuto’s case itself demonstrates, nor do they stop one from spreading the virus to another.
Nonetheless, the idea that “person A” getting vaccinated can in some way help “person B” remains a frequent talking point of those who try to push the vaccine on others, and has left millions of Americans questioning what the point is of even getting the vaccination at this stage.
“Toss” your politics
Cavuto also seems to believe that the only reason people don’t want to get vaccinated is because of political beliefs.
“I can’t stress this enough,” he said. “It’s not about left or right, not who’s conservative or liberal. Last time I checked, everyone, regardless of political persuasion is coming down with this.”
He added: “Take the political speaking points and toss them! For now, I’m begging you, toss them! And think of what’s good not only for yourself but those around you.”
Cavuto didn’t fully address the concerns of those individuals who have chosen not to get vaccinated because they already have natural immunity, or those who have chosen not to get vaccinated because they are concerned about the short-term or long-term effects of the vaccines. He simply claimed that “the numbers prove” that the vaccines work, without providing any proof, whatsoever, as is typical of vaccination-pushers.
It’s unlikely that Cavuto convinced anyone who hasn’t gotten vaccinated to get vaccinated, as that game is long over. His plea may, however, have more people turning away from Fox News’ afternoon lineup.