President-elect Joe Biden and first lady-elect Dr. Jill Biden will receive the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing Friday, noting he is taking the vaccine publicly to show the American people it is safe.
The Bidens will get the Pfizer vaccine in Delaware.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and second gentleman-elect Doug Emhoff will get the vaccine a week after the Bidens, Psaki said. The security team and medical experts recommended they not take the vaccine at the same time as the Bidens, she said.
Vice President Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams received the first dose of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on television Friday as part of a campaign to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Pence said he and his wife hope it will be a “source of confidence and of comfort to the American people.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading infectious disease experts, told the New York Times he will take the vaccine publicly as soon as it is available to him. Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have said the same, according to CNN.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shared that they also received their first doses on Friday. Notably, Pelosi is third in line for the presidency after Pence. All members of Congress and the Supreme Court Justices are eligible to get vaccinated, per a memo the Capitol’s Attending Physician Dr. Brian P. Monahan circulated Thursday, which was obtained by the New York Times. National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot in a statement Sunday said senior officials across all three branches of government would receive vaccines under the “continuity of government protocols” established by the executive branch. “The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership,” he said.