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Biden Gets First Dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine

Mon 21 Dec 2020 | 11:21 PM
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Minutes ago, President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden received their first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware.

According to reports, so far, a very limited number of healthcare workers and high-ranking government officials have gotten access to the vaccine under continuity-of-government protocols outlined by Presidential Policy Directive 4.

"I'm ready," Biden said when he sat down to get his vaccine, telling the nurse administering the shot that he didn't need to count down from three.

"We owe these folks an awful lot," Biden said. "The scientists and the people who put this together, the frontline workers, the people who did the clinical work, it's just amazing ... we owe you big, we really do."

Biden added the Trump administration "deserves some credit" for getting the vaccine out the door through Operation Warp Speed, and urged Americans to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them.

"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 be worried about ... I'm looking forward to the second shot, and so is Jill. It's worth stating that this is just the beginning — it's one thing to get the vaccine out, but it's going to take time."

Jill Biden had previously received her dose of the COVID-19 vaccine "earlier in the day," Biden's office said, with Biden joking to the media present that "she loves shots."