Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has just received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Tuesday at Washington, D.C.’s United Medical Center, the former California senator was administered the shot by clinical nurse manager Patricia Cummings as cameras rolled.
“That was easy,” Harris said after receiving the injection. “Thank you. I barely felt it.”
Harris then thanked the health care employees at the facility, noting that they serve a community “that is often overlooked.”
“I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine. It is relatively painless, it happens really quickly, it is safe,” she said.
The 56-year-old also revealed that husband and soon-to-be First Gentleman Doug Emhoff will be vaccinated that very day.
“Literally, this is about saving lives. It’s about saving lives. I trust the scientists. And it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine,” Harris said. “So I urge everyone: When it is your turn, get vaccinated. It’s about saving your life, the life of your family members, and the life of your community.”
Last Monday, President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination on live television at ChristianaCare’s Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware.
“We owe these folks an awful lot,” Biden said about frontline health care staffers.
The former vice president revealed that wife Dr. Jill Biden received “her shot earlier today,” and joked, “She loves shots, I know.”
This week, both People and CNN reported that December is the nation’s deadliest month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the past 29 days, there have reportedly been over 63,000 American deaths — surpassing the previous record of 55,000 deaths in April.
Sadly, because of holiday travel, experts believe a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths could come in the next few weeks.
Per the New York Times as of December 29, at 2:04 p.m. EST, there have been over 19.4 million COVID-19 infections in the U.S. with at least 336,443 coronavirus-related deaths.