In a bid to instil confidence in the people as the US braces up with vaccination drive, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris received the first dose of Moderna vaccine against coronavirus, featuring live on television.
Harris was inoculated on Tuesday by Patricia Cummings, a clinic nurse manager at the United Medical Center, the Biden-Harris transition team has informed. Taking to Twitter, Harris said: “Today I got the Covid-19 vaccine. I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researches who made this moment possible.”
“When you’re able to take the vaccine, get it, this is about saving lives.”, she added.
Asserting that her experience was “safe” and “painless”, Harris encouraged people to get themselves inoculated as she said “i want to remind people that right in your community is where you can take the vaccine, where you will receive the vaccine, by folks you may know, folks who are otherwise working in the same hospital where your children were born”.
Harris also confirmed her husband, Doug Emhoff, would be vaccinated on Tuesday.
She also thanked UMC for serving the community which she called was “often overlooked.”
Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccine was earlier approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The vaccines produced by these pharmaceutical companies have shown similar efficacy levels of nearly 95 per cent, and both require two doses administered several weeks apart.
The development comes a week after US President elect Joe Biden received the first shot.
On December 18, US Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were administered with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Outgoing President Donald Trump, who had tested Covid-19 positive in October, is yet to be inoculated.
The US is the hardest-hit country in the world by the pandemic.