Near half of House Republicans still will not say publicly if they are vaccinated against Covid-19, even as new cases increase nationwide. Some of the 97 Republicans who do not share their vaccination status told CNN they do not. t have a responsibility to model the behavior of their constituents. I don't think it's anyone 's business whether I get vaccinated or not, Rep. Republican Chip Roy from Texas told CNN. It 's ridiculous what we are doing. The American people are quite capable of making an informed decision about what to do.whether or not he wants to be vaccinated. Over the past few months, CNN has sent out several inquiries to members of Congress and reviewed public statements, but was unable to confirm the immunization status of nearly half of the Republican conference. More and more GOP lawmakers are adopting the vaccine but still not denouncing not misinformation about it Still a few of them offered some explanation during hallway interviews with CNN this week. Read more Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida told CNN it's very curious about you, when CNN started asking about his immunization status, but the congressman cut the question before he knew whether or not he was vaccinated. I think we should talk more about the release of Britney, he added. Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, told CNN he couldn't believe reporters were asking him about his immunization status. At the Senate conference republican, 46 of 50 senators confirmed to CNN that they were vaccinated. Only two refuse to say if they are not vaccinated: Senator Mike Braun of Indiana and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota. I don 't feel like it ' s my job to encourage people to do something they don 't do ' I don 't want to do, Cramer said. more and more Republicans start approving the idea of other Americans getting vaccinated, but not means every Republican wants the public to know their own personal immunization status. To be sure, the needle begins to move very slightly. Since the last CNN report on the vaccination status of members in May, CNN learned that 17 other House Republicans hadwere vaccinated, CNN confirmed that 114 of 211 Republicans in the House were vaccinated, or 54% of the conference. And their lingering silence stands out even more this week, as the Delta variant rages across the country and has even made its way to Capitol Hill. Supported if worried about of the virus spreading or mutating the longer people wait to get vaccinated, Cramer said: No, I don't. You know me, I didn't care from the start. He later added, I am a decision maker, I am not an educator. Biden health officials start discussing mask recommendations as variants increase cases There's that fi xation on some things and vaccinations are part of it, Cramer said. None of the treatments or therapies have ever received credit ... and people know intuitively that it 's not fair. And then there are a privileged few who go above and beyond not to release their immunization status by declaringthat they do not plan to be vaccinated at all. two gop senators, ron johnson wisconsin and rand paul kentucky, have confirmed to cnn are vaccinated. the chamber, thomas massie kentucky is the only member since vaccine became widely available to confirm he was vaccinated. gop doctor caucus co-chair andy harris maryland told members share has no impact on the positive posts around vaccine. I would say everything, , harris. Listen, we believe in privacy. New Republican Peter Meijer Michigan, who has been open about being vaccinated, encourages his constituents to do so, even though it's colleagues 'choice whether or not they want to vaccinate As cases in Florida increase, DeSantis stays focused on Covid In the latest sign that Republicans are increasingly changing their messaging strategies on the need, safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced he had finally reGot her first injection this week and took to Fox News to encourage others to get vaccinated before it is too late. Scalise said he has received the Covid-19 vaccine now due to the growing number of Delta variant case and waited so long because he had antibodies from a previous infection. While antibodies from previous infections make a new infection less likely, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says even people who have already been infected should still get vaccinated. I had the antibodies but eventually with this new Delta variant that you see, I've been around a lot of hospitals in the last few weeks and you're seeing the cases increase, Scalise said on Fox. Wednesday, stressing that the overwhelming majority of peoplePeople hospitalized for Covid-19 are not vaccinated. Even though Scalise has waited so long to get vaccinated, he said, I always thought effective. CNN reported that Scalise received his first vaccine on Sunday. Minority leader Mitch McConnell, a polio survivor, has long advocated for vaccines and has spoken about vaccines on several visits to his home state of Kent Fortunately, but on Tuesday he kicked off the one of his fiercest calls for a shot. These shots have to get everyone in the arms as quickly as possible, or we'll find ourselves in the fall in a situation we don't aspire to not, which we experienced last year, McConnell said on Tuesday. I want to encourage everyone to do this and ignore all these other voices that are clearly giving bad advice.s. The ' House speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, and then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was vaccinated with his first dose in December. I think you should be vaccinated, Republican Representative James Comer then pleaded Kentucky to viewers on CNN Wednesday. It's not too late. As part of the growing chorus of Republicans urgingn their supporters to come out on the need for Covid-19 vaccines, the GOP Doctors Caucus held a press conference with Scalise and Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik on Thursday to discuss the impact of the Delta variant, but the More emphasis was placed on finding out the origins of Covid than on encouraging vaccine effectiveness. This increase in enthusiasm for vaccines among members of the GOP House, as cases soar and vaccination rates stagnate, comes as Republicans face an uphill battle to get their own constituents vaccinated. -5E71-CDEE1532EC1D > Every state that voted for Donald Trump in 2020 has fully immunized less than half of its residents, according to the latest CDC data. In these states, on average 42% of people are fully immunized, compared to 54% on average in states that voted for President Joe Biden.GOP ant Michael Burgess of Texas said Thursday that all Republicans have a responsibility to encourage people to get vaccinated.