DONALD TRUMP was booed at a rally in Alabama on Saturday after he encouraged his supporters to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The former president caught many of his fans off guard when he started taking about the benefits of the getting the vaccine, something he rarely talked about during his time in office.
"I believe totally in your freedoms, I do, you've got to do what you've got to do. But I recommend that you take the vaccines," Trump told the crowd.
"You've got your freedoms," he said in response to the booing, "but I happened to take the vaccine."
He insisted that "if it doesn't work, you'll be the first to know, OK? I'll call Alabama up and say 'hey, you now what? ...'
"But it's working, but you do have your freedoms."
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) August 23, 2021
Vaccines have become a massive point of contention around the world, particularly surrounding the notion that an individual's freedoms could be taken away unless they've received their jabs.
Many conservatives in the US feel they're being pressured into getting vaccinated, while others feel that everyone has a moral obligation to get the jabs in order to protect those around them.
To date, 171 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, accounting for around 52% of the population.
Around 61% of the population have received at least one jab.