President-elect Joe Biden received the first dose of his COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware on Monday and posed for the cameras as a local nurse administered the shot.
"There is nothing to worry about," he said, assuring the public that the vaccine is safe.
Biden also paid tribute to President Donald Trump's administration for introducing healing. Around 24 million people are expected to receive the first round of shooting.
The president-elect thanked the medical staff and urged Americans to respect coronavirus restrictions during the upcoming holiday season, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Biden, wearing a dark, long-sleeved turtleneck, rolled up his left sleeve to receive the Pfizer vaccine. During his visit, he wore a black cloth mask over a white N95 mask.
"I'm ready," he said to the nurse who administered the shot.
"You just keep going whenever you're ready," he told her after she put alcohol on his biceps.
Biden had no visible reaction when he received the shot that was fired from Tabe Mase, nurse and health care manager for employees at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Del.
He thanked Mase and then nudged her with his elbow. He also received his vaccination card and will need a second shot within 21 days.
President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
Tabe Mase, nurse, gives Biden his vaccination papers
Dr. Jill Biden received her vaccine earlier; Her husband joked that she "loves" recordings
President-elect Joe Biden holds his vaccination card after receiving his shot
Ilhan Omar condemns young lawmakers for receiving COVID vaccines in front of 65+ and front line workers
MP Ilhan Omar called it "worrying" that her colleagues, including her 31-year-old "Squad" colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, could be vaccinated against the coronavirus in front of frontline workers and the elderly.
"It is now clear that we do not have enough vaccines for everyone and there is a lack of supplies. We have to prioritize those who need it most," Omar tweeted on Sunday. "So it is worrying to see members being the first to receive vaccines while most of the elderly and frail workers wait on the front lines in our districts."
Ocasio-Cortez, who will be the youngest member of Congress until Republican Madison Cawthorn is sworn in in January, extensively described the vaccine on her Instagram story.
AOC said she found out that she and other members of Congress would have access to the vaccine because of the continuity of governance plan, basically a national security measure, she told her Instagram followers.
Dr. Jill Biden received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, which required two shots. This was announced by the office of the President-Elect, with no explanation as to why she had not received a dose with her husband.
She was present and assisting the president-elect when he received his shot. He took her hand before it was administered.
After that, he joked his wife "loves" recordings.
“I'm looking forward to the second shot, and Jill too. She shot dead earlier today. I know she loves recording, ”he said when Jill Biden laughed.
In brief remarks after receiving his dosage, Biden attributed Trump's government to distributing the Pfizer vaccine. The US added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal on Friday when the FDA approved Moderna & # 39; s for emergency use.
"One of the things is that I think the government deserves some credit for getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed," he said, commending his White House predecessor.
He said he got his shot publicly so people would know there was nothing to worry about getting it.
“I also think it's worth saying that this is a great hope. I'm doing this to demonstrate that when the vaccine is available, people should be prepared, ”he said.
Biden also reminded Americans to worry about the holidays, noting that this was just the start of the vaccination phase and a nationwide rollout would shorten the time.
"The most important thing is that it is worth pointing out that this is just the beginning," he said. "It will take time."
He urged Americans, on the advice of experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
"In the meantime, I know I don't want to sound like a sour note here, but I hope people will hear all the experts and Dr. Listening to Fauci discuss the need to wear masks during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Wear masks, social distancing and if you don't have to travel, don't travel. Don't travel. It's really important, ”said Biden.
According to reports, Fauci will receive his vaccine and Moderna's version of it on Tuesday.
President-elect Joe Biden pokes his fist against nurse Tabe Mase after the president-elect received a COVID-19 vaccination at ChristianaCare Hospital
Joe Biden rolls up his sleeve to prepare for his first COVID vaccine
Joe Biden holds Jill's hand in front of his shot
Biden then paid tribute to the Trump administration for introducing the vaccine quickly
The land isn't out of the woods yet, observed Biden. He previously warned of a "dark winter" as the country battles the pandemic. The numbers are rising in the United States, and more than 3,000 people die from COVID every day.
"We're still in the thick of it," Biden said. “It's one thing for the vaccine to show up in a hospital. Getting the vaccine from that vial into a needle, into an arm, is another matter. And there are millions of people out there who are going to need this. Frontline workers first. But I just want to thank everyone for everything they have done. You are a real hero, ”he said.
The president-elect followed the lead of Vice President Mike Pence, Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, and other lawmakers to make the shot public to show it was safe.
Jen Psaki, the upcoming White House press secretary, told reporters last week Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will be vaccinated the week after the Bidens as health advisers urged Biden and Harris to postpone their doses in the event of unexpected side effects or a rare allergic reaction.
Biden received his shot the day after his The candidate for the U.S. general surgeon said the general public may not get a coronavirus vaccine until midsummer or early fall – months later than previously touted.
Earlier this year, Trump administration officials suggested that an American who wants a vaccine could get one between April and June 2021.
Dr. However, Vivek Murthy said the timeline is impractical.
“I think when it comes to vaccination time we all want the vaccine to be delivered as quickly and fairly as possible and you can be sure that I and other members of the Biden team are working towards it every day and night. Murthy told NBC News: Meet The Press on Sunday.
"But we also want to be realistic about the timeline."
He added that it was possible that the vaccine, currently being given to high-risk people, including frontline health workers and nursing home residents, could be available in the spring for those at lower risk of developing COVID-19 to get sick.
For this to happen, however, "everything really needs to go according to plan," said Murthy.
"I think it's more realistic to assume that it might be closer to midsummer and early fall when this vaccine makes its way into the general population."
This means that the disruption to people's lives – which many thought would be over by Easter – will continue for several months.
In an interview on NBC on Sunday, Joe Biden's surgeon general candidate, Dr. Vivek Murthy that the majority of Americans may not be able to get a vaccine until midsummer or early fall. Pictured: Murthy at NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday
Murthy said an earlier schedule for widespread vaccination is not "realistic" unless every step in the rollout goes smoothly. Pictured: Murthy and presenter Chuck Todd (left) NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday
Fauci has said several times that he believes the general public will be vaccinated in March or April 2021.
It could be that "sometime in late March, early April, the normal healthy man and woman on the street who have no underlying illnesses are likely to get these," the nation's leading infectious disease expert told MSNBC last week.
He said he believed in The U.S. could achieve potential herd immunity in late spring or early summer.
"When we get into the fall, we can approach some degree of relief when the level of infection in society is going to be slow enough that we can approach some form of normal," Fauci said.
Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, director of delivery, production and sales for Operation Warp Speed, said last month that any American who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can get one by June.
Adm Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), made similar comments.
In the first phase of vaccine roll-out, most states followed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that healthcare workers and nursing home residents receive their first doses.
On Sunday, a CDC advisory panel recommended that key frontline workers and older Americans should be next in line to receive a COVID-10 vaccine.
The panel voted 13-1 in favor of the move that would qualify for the vaccine for a total of 49 million people in the next round, known as Phase 1B.
Several government officials and lawmakers have received it to help establish government continuity.
Pence, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were vaccinated against the coronavirus on Friday.
They will follow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Capitol Hill on Friday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) tweeted a photo of Dr. Brian Monahan (right), the Capitol doctor, handing the Kentucky Republican his vaccination certificate
Vice President Mike Pence became the senior government official to receive the coronavirus vaccine and received the first dose on Friday morning in Washington, D.C.
Pelosi is the third successor to the presidency after President Trump and Pence. McConnell is not a successor, but as the majority leader he is responsible for running the Senate.
In a statement on Thursday, Pelosi said, “We must all continue to focus on testing, tracking, treatment, wearing masks and social distancing as the vaccine is distributed. It is imperative that we ensure that the vaccine is free and made available to as many Americans as possible in a fair and equitable manner, and that we expedite its manufacture, including relying on the Defense Production Act. & # 39;
McConnell said that as a polio survivor, he is particularly aware of the "Exceptional Promise of Hope" vaccination offering.
He said he will continue to wear a mask and follow other health guidelines.
Dr. Brian Monahan, the Capitol doctor, sent a letter to lawmakers last week asking them to make appointments with his office to get the vaccine.
"Once we have completed vaccination of the members, we will have a process in place to identify those essential to continuity," Monahan said, adding that his office will continue with appointments "until the small vaccine supply is exhausted."
Monahan gave Pelosis a shot.
Pence was the most senior US official to receive the vaccine, along with his wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday morning.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 in October and are therefore not earmarked for the immediate vaccine.
The first family likely still has antibodies to his infection back in October, the U.S. surgeon general said after questions were raised about why the president didn't take the lead on vaccination.
Dr. Jerome Adams said there was good reason for Trump not to have received it yet.
"From a scientific point of view, I'll remind people that the president has had COVID for the past 90 days," Adams told CBS Face the Nation on Sunday.
President Trump also pushed back reports that White House staff would be able to get some of the first doses of vaccine in the U.S., given the top priority for health professionals on the front lines and then the elderly.
“People who work in the White House should get the vaccine a little later in the program, unless specifically required. I asked for this adjustment to be made. I don't plan to take the vaccine but look forward to doing it in due course. Thank you! & # 39; Trump tweeted on Sunday evening.
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