My1sttoday: Kamala Harris receives COVID vaccine on camera, urges Americans to get vaccinated. VP elect becomes 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 Biden did so, same with top health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.