President-elect Joe Biden publicly received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware on Monday afternoon in an effort to boost public confidence in the vaccine as more doses are rolled out across the country.
“There’s nothing to worry about,” Biden said after receiving the vaccine. “I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it’s available, to take the vaccine. There’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the second shot.”
He also praise the Trump administration’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ saying: “I think the administration deserves some credit getting this off the ground with Operation Warp Speed”
The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses administered 21 days apart in order to reach 95% efficacy.
Incoming First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden received her first dose of the vaccination earlier Monday, the Biden transition team said.
Incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, would receive their vaccinations next week.
This was done to ensure that both Biden and Harris won’t experience the side effects at the time.