Sen. Johnson on his decision to pass on COVID-19 vaccine: 'Shouldn't be controversial'

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- A follow-up to our exclusive interview with Senator Ron Johnson.

Johnson told CBS 58's Emilee Fannon that since he had COVID-19, that gave him the "best immunity possible."

"I don't feel pressure that I need to get a vaccine," he said. "I'd rather let other people who want to, get the vaccine."

The senator has taken some heat for that comment, and Friday, March 11, he took to Twitter.

Johnson said, "As I said in this interview, I could have gotten the vaccine in December, but I decided to let others go before me, who need it more than I do. That shouldn't be controversial."

The CDC encourages people to get vaccinated, even if they've recovered from the virus.

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