WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden will publicly receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday after Vice President Mike Pence became the first White House official to get the shot on Friday.
Biden’s incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the couple would receive the miracle drug in Delaware on Monday, followed by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff the following week.
The 78-year-old will be among some of the first non-healthcare professional Americans to receive the vaccine which Pfizer began rolling out of its Michigan plant on Sunday after receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Biden’s campaign was cautious during the pandemic, keeping him sequestered in his Delaware home for months on end, and he continues to keep a light travel schedule since winning the election. It’s unclear if the vaccine will change his travel plans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 80, was also inoculated against the virus on Friday by Congress’ attending physician.
President Trump is also in a high-risk group at age 74 but has already had the virus, meaning he could still have immunity.
Pence received the vaccine on live TV on Friday morning in a move designed to instill public confidence in the drug which just secured approval in record time.
“I didn’t feel a thing, well done,” Pence said afterward. “Make no mistake about it. It’s a medical miracle.”
He added, “Today, Karen and I wanted to step forward and take this vaccine to assure the American people while we cut red tape, we cut no corners.
At a White House briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president wanted to take the vaccine but was still enjoying the protective benefits of his recent treatment, which included an experimental “antibody cocktail.”
“He will receive the vaccine as soon as his medical team determines is best but his priority is frontline workers and those in long-term care facilities and he wants to make sure that vulnerable gets access first,” McEnany said.
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