Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris received the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna on Tuesday after challenging President Donald Trump about his administration's work on vaccination during the presidential campaign.
"Okay, let's do it," she said as United Medical Center nurse Patricia Cummings prepared the needle. & # 39; That was easy. Many Thanks. I hardly felt it. I hardly felt it. & # 39;
Harris had traveled across the Anacostia River to a medical center in Southeast, Washington, DC – home to many minority communities.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the United Medical Center in southeast Washington on Tuesday
Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris (left) receives the vaccine from Nurse Patricia Cummings at a medical center across the Anacostia River in DC, home to many minority communities
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waves to reporters in the room on Tuesday before receiving her first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her vaccine at the United Medical Center in southwest DC, home to many of the capital's minorities
Just over 50 percent of the hospital's staff agreed to take the vaccine. That equates to about 500 healthcare workers, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Strudwick across from the press pool in the room.
Harris was asked by a reporter in the room if she had received her vaccine here on purpose to "dispel fears and suspicions in the minority community."
“I'm in Anacostia today because first of all we have phenomenal health care providers like Nurse Patricia serving our community, and we have hospitals and medical centers and clinics like this across the country that are staffed by people who understand the community, who often come from the community and administer trusted health care year round, ”Harris replied.
"And so I want to remind people that in your community you can get the vaccine where you can get the vaccine," she continued.
Harris called the snap shot "relatively painless," and told residents that her husband, Doug Emhoff, would be given the Moderna vaccine later Tuesday.
"And it's literally about saving lives," she said. "I trust the scientists and it is the scientists who developed and approved the vaccine."
President Donald Trump and the Republicans jumped on Harris during the presidential campaign because they said if Donald Trump tells us to take it, I'm not taking it because of a possible coronavirus vaccine.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were given a green light by the US government after the November 3rd presidential election.
At a press conference in September, Trump knocked Harris on her "rhetoric against vaccines".
Harris, like President-elect Joe Biden, expressed confidence in a vaccine when medical professionals like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, supported this.
Fauci has already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
"I'm going to say I wouldn't trust Donald Trump and it would have to be a credible source of information that speaks about the effectiveness and reliability of what he talks about," Harris said more generally of the president's track record during the pandemic in early September.
Harris added that she feared experts would be silenced, repressed, paused because he had an election in less than 60 days, and he was reaching for whatever he can get to pretend like he's a guide on the subject when he's not. & # 39;
After putting responsibility for managing the pandemic on the states for months, Trump put his hopes in re-election on Operation Warp Speed, his administration's plan to bring a rapid vaccine to market.
The president was furious when Pfizer released data that the company's COVID-19 vaccine took effect less than a week after the election, which he lost to Biden, but continues to refuse to admit.
Nurse Patricia Cummings gave the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday
Biden received the Pfizer vaccine on December 21 in Delaware.
His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, got her shot earlier in the day.
The president-elect suggested she wouldn't do it on camera because she isn't a fan of needles.
& # 39; There is nothing to worry about. I'm looking forward to the second shot, ”he told reporters in the room. & # 39; Jill too. She shot earlier today. She loves gunfire, I know, ”Biden said.
Health experts had directed Biden and Harris to have their vaccinations one week apart in case any of the arriving leaders experienced any side effects.
President Donald Trump, who had COVID-19 in October, has not yet received the vaccine.
Instead, Vice President Mike Pence became the top member of the government to be vaccinated against the coronavirus when he did so along with Surgeon General Jerome Adams on December 18.
Adams, who is black, spoke about the importance of getting the vaccine publicly in hopes that members of minority communities disproportionately killed by COVID-19 would follow suit.
The vaccine was also made available to members of Congress.
GOP lawmakers like Sens. Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham have been criticized for taking the vaccine after refusing to speak out when Trump politicized masking and social distancing.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 31-year-old MP, the youngest Democrat in Congress, also went out of her way to get the vaccine early and in front of most of the country's medical workers, as she does not belong to a high risk group.
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