A Fox News anchor was suspended this week for tweeting that he was annoyed “obese people of all ages get priority access before all essential workers.”
“When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May, and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk,” Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5 News anchor Blake McCoy tweeted. “Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese.”
After his tweet, McCoy was suspended for his post, a Fox 5 spokesperson confirmed to People magazine.
“Blake McCoy has been suspended from WTTG-FOX 5 pending further review,” the spokesperson told People.
McCoy tweeted out an apology later that day saying that he deleted the tweet that was “insensitive and offensive.”
“I truly regret my words and want to apologize,” McCoy tweeted.
However, some on Twitter questioned his sincerity after he responded to another user on his original tweet saying “I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet.”
Vaccinations in Washington, D.C., have recently opened up to those who are pregnant, have preexisting conditions, are immunocompromised and have a BMI over 30.
The news comes as the U.S. has made concerted efforts to ramp up coronavirus vaccine distribution. The Biden administration secured an additional vaccine doses earlier this month, bringing the total U.S. stock to 600 million doses.
President Biden on Thursday marked the 50 millionth coronavirus vaccine administered in the U.S., but warned that the country still has a long way to go to get to herd immunity.
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