Nicki Minaj claims White House invitation, officials say phone call offered to clear COVID-19 vaccine misconceptions

 

Wednesday was another busy day for Nicki Minaj on social media but this time around it was on Instagram. The rapper told her followers on Instagram that she was in “Twitter jail.” Later, she said that she got an invitation to the White House. However, White House officials clarified that she was not invited but was offered public health education on phone and not an in-person visit.

 

The rapper said that the White House had invited her, and she thought that it was a step in the right direction. She confirmed that she was going and that she would be “dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde.” She also said that she would ask questions on behalf of the people who had “been made fun of for simply being human.”

 

A White House official told PEOPLE that the administration has contacted her to offer public health education through a phone call. The official said that they offered a call with Nicki Minaj and a doctor to answer the questions she had about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

 

On Monday, Nicki Minaj had said on Twitter that she was not attending the MET gala because of the vaccine mandate requirement. She said that she would take the vaccine after she continued her research on it. She also asked her followers to wear masks with 2 strings that can grip the head and face and not “that loose one.”

 

However, she followed this tweet with a shared tweet that had information that could be considered as misinformation.  The story indicates that said that a family member’s friend “became impotent” after taking a vaccine. The tweet received backlash from doctors, politicians, news commentators and more as it was false information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci said that this information was not true.

 

Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University told PEOPLE that if someone gets COVID-19 there could be an impact on the male reproductive system. However, symptoms including scrotal swelling and congestion are associated with the infection  and not with any vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the nation.

 

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