President-elect Joe Biden received his COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware on Monday, posing for the cameras as a local nurse administrated the shot and giving credit to President Donald Trump’s administration for its roll out of the cure.
He thanked the medical staff and urged Americans to follow coronavirus restrictions during the holiday period, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Biden, wearing a dark long-sleeved t-shirt, rolled up his left sleeve to receive the vaccine. He wore a black cloth face mask over a white N95 mask during his visit.
‘I’m ready,’ he told the nurse administrating the shot.
‘You just go ahead any time you’re ready,’ he told her after she applied alcohol to his bicep.
Biden had no visible reaction as he received the shot, which was dispensed by Tabe Masa, Nurse Practitioner and Head of Employee Health Services at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Del.
He thanked Masa and elbow bumped her afterward. He also received his vaccine card.
President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
Tabe Masa, Nurse Practitioner, hands Biden his vaccine paperwork
Dr. Jill Biden received her vaccine shot earlier; her husband joked she ‘loves’ shots
Dr. Jill Biden, received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine – which requires two shots – earlier Monday, the office of the president-elect said without providing an explanation about why she did not receive a dose with her husband.
She was present, standing by the president-elect, as he received his shot.
He joked his wife ‘loves’ shots.
‘I’m looking forward to the second shot, so is Jill. She’s had her shot earlier today. She loves shots, I know,’ he said.
Biden credit Trump’s administration with getting the Pfizer vaccine distributed. Moderna received FDA approval for its vaccine last week.
‘One of the things is I think the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed,’ he said, giving kudos to his predecessor in the White House.
‘I also think that it’s worth saying that this is great hope. I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it’s available to take the vaccine. There is nothing to worry about,’ he said.
Biden also reminded Americans to take care over the holidays and noted this was just the beginning of the vaccination stage.
‘The important thing is that it’s worth stating that, you know, this is just the beginning. It’s one thing to get the vaccine out, and now Moderna is going to be on the road as well. But it’s going to take time. It’s going to take time,’ he said.
‘In the meantime, I know I don’t want to sound like a sour note here, but I hope people listen to all the experts and Dr. Fauci talking about the need to wear masks during this Christmas and new year’s holidays. Wear masks, socially distance, and if you don’t have to travel, don’t travel. Don’t travel. It’s really important,’ he said.
President-elect Joe Biden fist bumps nurse practitioner Tabe Masa after the President-elect received a COVID-19 Vaccination at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital
Joe Biden holds Jill’s hand ahead of his shot
Dr. Anthony Fauci will receive his vaccine on Tuesday.
‘We’re still in the thick of this,’ Biden noted. ‘It’s one thing to have the vaccine show up at a hospital. It’s another thing to get the vaccine from that vial into a needle, into an arm. And there are millions of people out there that are going to need this. Front line workers first. But I just want to thank everyone for all that they’ve done. You’re some real heroes,’ he said.
The president-elect followed the lead of Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers in getting the shot publicly in order to show it’s safe.
Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, told reporters last week that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will be getting vaccinated the week after the Bidens, as healthcare advisers urged Biden and Harris to stagger their doses in case of unexpected side effects or a rare allergic reaction.
Pence, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got vaccinated against the coronavirus Friday.
They’ll follow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Capitol Hill Friday
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) tweeted out a photo of Dr. Brian Monahan (right), the Capitol physician, handing the Kentucky Republican his proof of vaccination card
Vice President Mike Pence became the highest-ranking government official to get the coronavirus vaccine, getting the first dose Friday morning in Washington, D.C.
Pelosi is third in the line of succession for the presidency, after President Donald Trump and Pence. McConnell is not in the line of succession, but as majority leader, he is in charge of running the Senate.
In a statement Thursday, Pelosi said: ‘We must all continue to embrace testing, tracing, treatment, mask wearing and social distancing as the vaccine is being distributed. It is imperative that we ensure that the vaccine will be free and delivered in a fair, equitable manner to as many Americans as soon as possible and that we accelerate its manufacture, including by invoking the Defense Production Act.’
McConnell said that as a polio survivor, he is especially aware of the ‘extraordinary promise of hope’ vaccines offer.
He said he’ll continue to wear a mask and follow other health guidelines.
Dr. Brian Monahan, the Capitol physician, sent a letter to lawmakers last week urging them to make appointments with his office to be vaccinated.
‘Once we have completed the vaccination of the Members, we will follow a process to identify the continuity-essential staff members,’ Monahan said, adding that his office would continue with appointments ‘until the small vaccine supply is exhausted.’
Monahan administered Pelosi’s shot.
Pence became the highest-ranking U.S. official to get the vaccine, doing so at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building alongside his wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams Friday morning.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 in October and so aren’t slated to the get vaccine right away.
The first family likely still has antibodies from his October infection, the U.S. Surgeon General has said, after questions were raised as to why the president had not taken the lead in getting the vaccination.
Dr. Jerome Adams said there was a good reason for Trump not to be vaccinated yet.
‘From a scientific point of view, I will remind people that the president has had COVID within the last 90 days,’ Adams told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
Trump also pushed back on reports that White House staff would be able to get some of the first vaccine doses in the U.S., as frontline medical workers, and then the elderly, are the top priorities.
‘People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!’ Trump tweeted Sunday night.