Hannity: 'I believe in the science of vaccination'

Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE on Monday made an appeal for viewers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Please take COVID seriously, I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more deaths," Hannity said on his prime-time show. "Research like crazy, talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition, and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. Take it seriously."

Hannity also stressed the importance of "medical privacy" and "doctor-patient confidentiality."

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"I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination," he added.

Fox News figures have come under immense criticism recently over comments about coronavirus-related restrictions, lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccines and the pandemic overall.

Fellow Fox New hosts Steve Doocy and Bill Hemmer also made statements in support of vaccinations on Monday.

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The New York Times published a piece last week going over the statements prime-time hosts Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonDon Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Fox News blasts 'ambush' of Carlson at Montana fly-fishing store Psaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation MORE and Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Biden walks fine line with Fox News Biden pokes at Fox hosts: They've had 'altar call' on vaccines MORE have made that have been "at odds with the recommendations of health experts" in regards to vaccines.

Monday's appeals for vaccinations come as new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have recently begun to rise again and the more infectious delta variant continues to spread throughout the country. The variant has now become the dominant strain at a time when vaccination rates are leveling off.

More than 99 percent of recent COVID-19 cases have been among unvaccinated individuals, according to health officials.