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Former HHS Sec. Sebelius Compares Being Unvaccinated To Drunk Driving, Second-Hand Smoke

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Former Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius compared not being vaccinated for COVID-19 to drunk driving or smoking in public during an appearance Tuesday on CNN.

"I want to be able to live my life with vaccination. And I'm being impinged on by people who say, I don't want to get vaccinated," she said. "It's fine, but I want them to maybe have a limitation on where they can go and who they can possibly infect."

"Freedom is one thing, but freedom when you harm others like secondhand smoke and issues that we've dealt with very clearly in the past, you can't drive drunk," Sebelius said.


SEBELIUS: Well, it's horrifying. I don't know any cancer patient who if they were offered a shot that was 90 percent effective wouldn't take it in a heartbeat. So we are in a situation where we have a wildly effective vaccine, multiple choices, lots available, free of charge and we have folks who are just saying I won't do it.

I think that it's time to say to those folks, it's fine. If you don't choose to get vaccinated, you may not come to work. You may not have access to a situation where you're going to put my grandchildren in jeopardy where you might kill them or you might put them in a situation where they're going to carry the virus to someone in a high risk position.

That's, I think, the point where we are is freedom is one thing, but freedom when you harm others like secondhand smoke and issues that we've dealt with very clearly in the past, you can't drive drunk. You can drink but you can't drive drunk because you can injure other people. You can't smoke inside of a public place where you can give cancer to someone else in spite of their never having been a smoker.

So I think we're reaching that point in the United States for those of us who are vaccinated. I want to take off my mask. I want to be able to live my life with vaccination. And I'm being impinged on by people who say, I don't want to get vaccinated. It's fine, but I want them to maybe have a limitation on where they can go and who they can possibly infect.
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