Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden announces White House digital team Juan Williams: The GOP’s problem with women of color New York Post editorial board calls on Trump to ‘start thinking’ about Georgia runoffs instead of overturning election MORE received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, becoming the latest high-level official to do so on camera in order to instill public trust.
“It is relatively painless. It happens really quickly. It is safe,” Harris, wearing a black face mask, said in brief remarks after receiving the vaccine, encouraging Americans to get it.
“Literally, this is about saving lives,” she continued. “I trust the scientists, and it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine.”
Harris received a dose of the Moderna vaccine at United Medical Center, which is located in Southeast Washington, D.C.
Asked by a reporter whether she was receiving the vaccine in a predominantly Black community of D.C. in order to dispel mistrust of the vaccine, Harris said she did so to show people they have “trusted sources of health” in their community where they can receive the vaccine.
Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, will also be administered the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday, she said.
Several political leaders from both parties have received vaccinations since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the first emergency use authorization to the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech on Dec. 12. A number have done so publicly in order to instill confidence in the vaccine and demonstrate to Americans that it is safe.
Vice President Pence received the vaccine publicly a week after it received approval and President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMichigan mayor draws criticism with Facebook posts suggesting rebellion: report Trump names Roisman acting SEC chairman Biden Interior nominee discusses environmental injustice with tribal leaders MORE did so the following week, as did top health officials like Anthony FauciAnthony FauciRubio criticizes Fauci for raising herd immunity estimate to 90 percent Novavax begins phase 3 trial of COVID-19 vaccine Fauci: Differing state responses a ‘major weakness’ in fighting coronavirus MORE and Health and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump calls for end to ‘religious persecution worldwide’ on 850th anniversary of Thomas Becket’s death Michael Cohen interview sparks questions after he mentions prison friends ‘Tony Meatballs and Big Minty’ Ocasio-Cortez rails against both Democrats and Republicans who opposed ,000 direct payments MORE has indicated he plans to receive the vaccine but no plans have been announced for him to get his first dose. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said earlier this month he would receive the vaccine when his doctors recommend it.
Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on the coronavirus pandemic later Tuesday afternoon, which are expected to touch in part on the vaccine distribution process.
Two vaccines, one produced by Pfizer and the other Moderna, have been approved and are currently circulating in the United States. Novavax on Monday announced it would begin a phase three trial of its vaccine, making it the fifth company to reach late-stage trials in the United States.