'Horrible' backlash to Ivanka Trump vaccine photo

Yahoo News Staff
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Ivanka Trump got the coronavirus vaccine and her followers aren't happy about it. 

A bizarre backlash bubbled up on Ms Trump's social media accounts after she posted a photo of her getting the Covid jab. 

"Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too!" she wrote on Instagram.

The photo received more than 470,000 likes but the comments were almost entirely negative as people rejected the idea of getting the vaccine and blasted the 39-year-old daughter of the former US president.

Ivanka Trump getting the Covid vaccine.
Ivanka Trump's followers aren't big vaccine supporters. Source: Instagram

"Ivanka no. just no," wrote one woman.

"Hell no. Why would you post this?" another user commented while some said they would unfollow her. 

"No thanks" many wrote. "Hard pass".

Among the more than 34,000 comments, the angry reactions each garnered thousands of likes.

Reacting to the denouncement among her followers, epidemiologist and public health expert Eric Feigl-Ding called it "horrible" on Twitter.

"Vaccine saves lives," he wrote.

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Comments reveal emerging vaccine problem in US

The US Republican party became increasingly conspiratorial during her farther's presidency, embracing bizarre groups such as QAnon.

As president Donald Trump routinely attacked his top virus experts, knowingly downplayed the coronavirus pandemic and told the public it would "disappear like magic".

Throughout, Ivanka stayed noticeably quiet. So it's hardly a surprise that anti-vaxxers – a group decidedly on the wrong side of the scientific evidence – appear to be over represented among her followers.

But the comments section of her social media does point to a larger problem facing the country's vaccine rollout as it begins to hit a wall as demand drops off, particularly among Republicans and supporters of Donald Trump.

More Republican states across the South and Great Plains are tending to see supply of the vaccine outweigh the demand before bluer, more Democratic states in the Northeast and elsewhere, Yahoo News reported in the US overnight. 

According to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov survey in America, conducted earlier this month, 60 percent of Democrats say they’ve already been vaccinated, versus just 41 percent of Republicans — and the share of unvaccinated Republicans who insist they will “never” get a shot (49 per cent) is more than twice as high as the share of unvaccinated Democrats who say the same (23 per cent).

As Yahoo News noted, any American who wants a shot will soon find it all too easy to get one — and the US will find it harder and harder to give them out.

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