Donald Trump Jr. accused President Joe Biden of spreading misinformation about COVID vaccines during his CNN Town Hall on Wednesday.
The son of the former president took aim at Biden’s comments during the event in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he touted the value of vaccinations as the particularly contagious Delta variant of the virus sweeps across the country.
On Thursday, Trump Jr shared a clip that had been tweeted on the Breaking911 account, in which Biden said: “You’re OK. You’re not going to, you’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”
Trump Jr wrote with the clip: “Is The White House planning on having this removed from social media for spreading misinformation?”
“There are plenty of examples of vaccinated people who have still gotten COVID! FOLLOW THE SCIENCE!!!!” he added.
Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.
The Centers for Disease Control CDC says that COVID vaccines help protect people from getting “severely ill” from the disease, “including reducing the risk of hospitalization and death.”
It said that research showed fully vaccinated people can be less likely to spread the virus to others, even if they do get the disease, “however, a small percentage” of those fully vaccinated will still get the disease, “if they are exposed to the virus that causes it.”
The CDC also said that those who are fully vaccinated “might have infections, but not have symptoms,” according to its advice published last month.
Last week, Biden criticized the way in which COVID misinformation on social media outlets like Facebook was “killing people.” The comment prompted a strongly worded rebuttal from the tech giant, which said that “facts — not allegations — should help inform” efforts to overcome misinformation.
The issue of vaccinations was a key feature of Biden’s message at the Town Hall at Mount St. Joseph University. He said it was critical that people got the jabs because: “We have a pandemic for those who haven’t gotten a vaccination. It’s that basic, that simple.”
“Ten thousand people have recently died; 9,950 of them, thereabouts, are people who hadn’t been vaccinated,” he said, “If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in an ICU unit, and you are not going to die.”
The president also outlined a tentative timeline for when he expects the vaccine to be offered to children under 12. He suggested that, depending on the scientific advice, it could happen “maybe in the beginning of the school year, at the end of August, beginning September, October.”