US President-elect Joe Biden is the latest politician to received the COVID-19 vaccine. The 78-year-old incoming president who appeared on live television on Monday got the Pfizer vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware in a campaign to boost Americans’ confidence in the jabs.
His wife Jill received the shot earlier, the presidential transition team said. Biden told Americans “there’s nothing to worry about” when they get vaccinated and that in the meantime they should keep wearing masks and “listen to the experts.”
He and the future first lady were the latest high-profile political figures publicly joining the first wave of vaccinations aimed at stopping a pandemic that has killed almost 318,000 Americans.
This was the first shot in the two-stage Pfizer vaccine and he said he was “looking forward” to the follow-up. Biden praised “the scientists and the people who put this together — frontline workers, people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work.”
Taking to his official Instagram shortly after the process, he wrote: “Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot. And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it.”
During the procedure, he called medical workers “amazing and incredible.” Biden also had some rare praise for the Trump administration, which he said “deserves some credit” for overseeing record-speedy development and production of vaccines.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband will be vaccinated next week. Meanwhile, the serving vice president, Mike Pence, and his wife got vaccinations last week. Trump, however, has yet to take part in the drive.
Distribution of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines began a week ago and on Monday a second vaccine, this time made by Moderna, went into use.
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