KEY POINTS

  • Ivanka Trump broke her Twitter silence Wednesday to share photos of her receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida
  • Some Twitter users slammed her for not doing more last year when it came to the pandemic
  • Others came to her defense and thanked her for encouraging others to get vaccinated

Ivanka Trump's announcement that she has received a COVID-19 vaccine triggered mixed responses on social media.

She broke her Twitter silence Wednesday to share photos of her receiving her shot in Florida, where she moved after leaving Washington, D.C. "Today, I got the shot!!! I hope that you do too! Thank you Nurse Torres!!!" wrote Trump, who later said in a statement to the Associated Press that she received the Pfizer vaccine.

However, her call for fans to get vaccinated as well appeared to backfire, with some Twitter users criticizing her for not doing more last year when it came to the coronavirus pandemic.

"You’re a sad joke," comedian Brian Guest commented.

"For a minute, when I saw Ivanka Trump trending, I thought she might have been arrested- but alas no, she’s just publicizing getting a vaccine for her father’s hoax," tweeted a second user, who called out Trump and her family for their "hypocrisy."

"So great! Remember when your family called it a 'hoax' and intentionally let it spread so you could 'blame blue states' and now nearly a million Americans are dead? Good times," another person said.

"You couldn’t just whisper ‘hey masks are ok’ into daddy’s ear?" a fourth user wrote.

"The vaccine came too late for my father, & your daddy convinced my stepsisters a birthday party wasn’t a risk. Because your family decided to downplay the virus, & my stepsisters were stupid enough to believe him, my stepmother & my dad are dead. I will never forgive any of you!" a fifth netizen commented

But many also came to Trump’s defense, pointing out that she could inspire those who have misgivings about the vaccine to get their shots. Other fans thanked her for leading by example.

"I know you're getting backlash from both sides, out of principle, I do appreciate your attempt to encourage Trump supporters to get vaccinated. There's always be echo chambers on Twitter, but just maybe you might have changed a person’s mind of their antivaxx stance & saved lives," David Weissman wrote.

"Thank you for getting vaccinated and posting this. I hope it inspires others to do the same," sportswriter and activist Dave Hogg added.

"Good for you #Ivanka. Leading by example," a third user added.

"Ivan don’t worry about what others think you know who you are and so does God and that is all that matters. Some people just have issues and they have to pay it out on anyone. So sad," a fourth netizen commented.

"Listen, I absolutely HATE her too, but we gotta admit this is the right move on her part," a fifth user wrote.

Fact-checkers such as the Associated Press and The Washington Post previously confirmed that despite downplaying the coronavirus pandemic's impact and eschewing mask-wearing, President Trump never publicly branded the virus a hoax. Instead, what he labeled a hoax was the Democratic criticism of his pandemic response.

"'Hoax' referring to the action that they take to try and pin this on somebody, because we’ve done such a good job. The hoax is on them, not -- I’m not talking about what’s happening here. I’m talking what they’re doing. That’s the hoax," the former president said at a news conference last year. "Certainly not referring to this. How could anybody refer to this? This is very serious stuff."

Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, contracted COVID-19 last year. The couple received their COVID-19 vaccine in January before they left the White House, The New York Times reported, citing a Trump adviser.

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