Mike Pence Receives COVID Vaccine In Televised Event To Encourage Americans
Washington: US Vice-President Mike Pence on Friday received his COVID-19 shot in a televised event at the White House to encourage Americans get the vaccine.
According to a Reuters report, the vice-president received the first dose of Pfizer Inc vaccine at an office building in the White House compound.
“I didn’t feel a thing. History will record that this week was the beginning of the end of coronavirus pandemic,” said Pence.
“But with cases rising across the country, hospitalizations rising across the country, we have a way to go,” he added.
Second Lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received the vaccine.
“As the US Surgeon General and a black man, I am equally aware of the symbolic significance of my vaccination here today,” said Adams.
“It would truly be the greatest tragedy if disparities in COVID outcomes actually worsen because people who could most benefit from the vaccine can’t get it or won’t take it,” he added.
As Pfizer’s vaccine requires two doses, Pence and Adams will need to receive the second shot in three weeks.
While recent polls show that confidence in the vaccine has increased, many Americans still harbour doubts.
Since its approval for use, the US distributed about 2.9 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine this week.