Biden Receives COVID-19 Vaccine on TV

Carolyn Crist

December 22, 2020

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President-elect Joe Biden received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on live television Monday afternoon and reassured Americans about its safety.

He took the shot at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Del. After receiving it, Biden told people not to fear the vaccine.

"I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it's available, to take the vaccine," he said. "There's nothing to worry about. I'm looking forward to the second shot."

Biden praised frontline health care workers who have cared for COVID-19 patients and scientists who have developed vaccines this year. He also applauded the Trump administration and the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccine development process.

"I think the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed," he said. "This gives us great hope."

Even still, the vaccine rollout process is just starting, he added, and it's going to "take time." In the meantime, he urged people to listen to public health officials, wear face masks, follow social distancing guidelines and not travel during the holiday season.

"Because we're still in the thick of this," he said. "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 and into an arm."

Incoming first lady Jill Biden received her first dose of the vaccine earlier on Monday, according to CNN. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will receive vaccines next week.

The Bidens join a growing list of officials who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received their immunizations.

President Donald Trump hasn't yet indicated when he will receive the vaccine, NBC News reported, but said he looks forward to getting one "at the appropriate time."

Sources

NBC News: "Biden receives Covid-19 vaccine, praises Trump's Operation Warp Speed."

CNN: "Biden receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on live television."

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