Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking US official to receive the coronavirus vaccine Friday when he received his first dose alongside wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams at Walter Reed Medical Center.
Trump has indicated he will take the vaccine, but has not set a date or said whether he will do it in public. Promoting the vaccine and hailing the work of the Coronavirus Task Force that he leads, Pence called it a "truly inspiring day". "My approach is I don't want you to do something because we're making you do it".
Pence, meanwhile, successfully received the vaccine alongside his wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams during a televised White House event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Wednesday. The trio has been asked to receive the second dose of their vaccine after 21 days.
"Karen and I are more than happy to step forward before this week was out to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine that we have secured and produced for the American people", the vice president emphasized.
The notable absence was outgoing President Donald Trump, who himself had made it clear he was not planning to take the vaccine imminently, citing the belief that his recovery from a brief but severe bout of Covid has given him immunity. "He should no longer be president, but he is more deeply concerned about not going to jail", he said.
Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield were in the audience.
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The government intends to coordinate with authorities in Northern Ireland as the restrictions are put in place. It said it had "no evidence to indicate any change in disease severity, but this is also under investigation".
Dr. Anthony Fauci says that if enough Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the US can begin to start seriously considering a return to normalcy.
So there seems to finally be a little light at the end of an 11-month coronavirus tunnel - if enough people get the vaccination.
Even as high profile figures like US Vice President Mike Pence rolled up their sleeves for Covid-19 vaccinations, patients already ill with the disease crowded emergency rooms and overran intensive care units in California, now a worldwide epicenter.
McEnany said "career staff" and "national security staff" would be vaccinated for the purposes of continuity of government, as well as a "small group" of senior administration officials.
The number of people who said they will not get the vaccine remains at 21 percent - unchanged from September.