Near half of Republicans in the House will still not say publicly if they are vaccinated against Covid-19, even as new cases increase across the country. 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 aboutfind out whether or not he wants to be vaccinated. Over the past few months, CNN has sent out several inquiries to members of the Congress and reviewed public statements, but is unable to confirm the immunization status of nearly half of the Republican conference. A few more offered some explanation during hallway interviews with CNN this week. started asking him about his immunization status, but the congressman cut the question before knowing whether or not he was vaccinated. WhileFlorida cases on the rise, DeSantis stays the course on Covid I think we should talk more about Britney's release, he added. Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, told CNN he couldn't believe reporters were asking him about his immunization status. At the Republican Senate conference, 46 of the 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 that other Americans haveDon't vaccinate, but it doesn't 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 Republicans in the House had been vaccinated. CNN confirmed that 114 of 211 Republicans in the House had been 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'ts. You know me, I didn't worry about it from the start. He added later, I'm a decision maker, I'm not an educator. Biden health officials begin discussing mask recommendations as variants increase cases There has been his fixation on certain things and vaccinations are a part of that, Cramer said. None of the treatments or therapies have ever received credit ... and people intuitively know that that 's not fair. And then there are a privileged few who go beyond failing to House speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, and then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were vaccinated with their first dose in December. I think you should be vaccinated, Republican R ep. James Comer of Kentucky then pleaded to viewers on CNN on Wednesday. It's not too late. In the frame From the growing chorus of Republicans urging 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 focus was more on finding out the origins of Covid than on encouraging vaccine effectiveness. This increase in vaccine enthusiasm among GOP members House, as cases rise and vaccination rates stagnate, comes as theRepublicans face an uphill battle to get their own voters vaccinated. Every state that voted for Donald Trump in 2020 has fully vaccinated less than half of its residents, according to the latest CDC data. In those states, an average of 42% of people are fully immunized, compared to an average of 54% in states that voted for President Joe Biden. GOP Representative Michael Burgess of Texas said Thursday that all Republicans have responsibility for 'encourage people to get vaccinated. Biden says he thinks kids under 12 will be able to get the Covid-19 vaccine 'soon, ' but it's up to scientists We all do it , said Burgess. Look - in my part of the world it 's likelyn the heart of Trump country, where is the best place to open a vaccination center? A NASCAR race track. And we did. And it went on for months, and the vaccination rate was amazing. Now the hard part is getting that last mile of people who need vaccinations. For some Democrats, the Republican shift in messaging, which has also been drastic in conservative media, is too little too much. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said he believed many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate had handled the vaccine issue responsibly, but he argued that GOP members in the House had been complicit in the spread of disinformation. There is no doubt that much of the National Republican Party is sending an age-old anti-vaccine mess to their base, Murphy said. It is not the Republicans of the Senate, but the Republicans ofthe House have been criminally negligent in how they approached the vaccination campaign. Some Republicans who have consistently lobbied for Covid vaccines Although a significant part of the Republican conference has been slow to get on the bandwagon, some Republicans have taken steps to get their constituents vaccinated - an ongoing fight. It is disheartening that so many people go unvaccinated. I am a big fan of vaccines. I have had personal experience with this in my own life and it is pretty clear from all the evidence that if you get the disease you are much more likely to survive it if you get vaccinated McConnell told CNN last week. Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, told CNN that he too had had a postponed vaccine at his home, teaming up with fellow Democrat Senator Jon Tester, to encouragepeople to be photographed in a public service announcement. It's important that we try to get the message out in as many channels as possible. Some people trust Steve, some people trust me, said the tester. Freshman House Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks of the 'Iowa, who spoke on Wednesday to reassure that the Covid vaccine is safe and effective, is a doctor who has administered vaccines to voters in his district. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina and a leading GOP member of the Health, Education, Work and Pensions committee, said he is making his immunization status a topic when he was addressing his constituents. What I tell them is if you don't want to go to the hospital and you don't I don't want to die, get vaccinated , said Burr. We have always had an anti-vaccin in America. It's for a different reason, but they shouldn't take it lightly. It is a very serious virus. People should not risk their lives or the lives of their children.