Dec. 29 (UPI) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris acquired her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a Washington, D.C., hospital on Tuesday.

Harris acquired the primary of two doses of the “messenger RNA” vaccine developed by Moderna in entrance of cameras at Washington’s United Medical Middle, as a part of a collective effort by political leaders to construct confidence for the vaccines amongst skeptical Individuals.

“That was simple,” she exclaimed after receiving the shot.

“I wish to encourage everybody to get the vaccine. That is actually about saving lives. I belief the scientists — and it’s the scientists who created and authorised this vaccine. So I urge everybody, when it’s your flip, get vaccinated.”

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, additionally acquired the vaccine Tuesday at Washington’s solely public hospital.

Harris significantly inspired communities of shade, which have been severely sickened by the coronavirus, to place apart fears or suspicions and get vaccinated.

Two mRNA vaccines have up to now been authorised to be used in the USA — Moderna’s and one other from Pfizer-BioNTech, each of which have confirmed to be about 95% efficient with solely delicate unwanted effects.

Plenty of authorities leaders and lawmakers have additionally acquired an preliminary dose in current weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden was inoculated final week. He and Harris staggered their vaccinations on recommendation from medical specialists.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar and Nationwide Institutes of Well being Director Francis Collins additionally acquired theirs publicly final week. Vice President Mike Pence, second woman Karen Pence and U.S. Surgeon Basic Jerome Adams had been inoculated on the White Home on Dec. 18.

Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and different members of Congress have additionally acquired their vaccinations. President Donald Trump has not but acquired the vaccine, almost definitely as a result of well being recommendation recommends that anybody who’s been handled for COVID-19 ought to look forward to 90 days earlier than they’re vaccinated.