Dec. 29 (UPI) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will obtain a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, changing into the newest high-profile determine to be inoculated.
Harris and husband Doug Emhoff will obtain their first of two doses at about 10 a.m. EST in Washington, D.C., transition officers mentioned.
They and different high officers are receiving the vaccinations in public to construct confidence amongst skeptical People who’re uncertain of their security and effectiveness.
Two “messenger RNA” vaccines have thus far been accepted to be used in america — one from Pfizer-BioNTech and one from Moderna. Medical trials have proven each to be about 95% efficient with solely gentle unwanted side effects.
Quite a few authorities leaders and lawmakers have obtained an preliminary dose over the past two weeks because the vaccines have been accepted.
President-elect Joe Biden was inoculated final week. He and Harris staggered their vaccinations on the advice of medical specialists, officers mentioned.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar and Nationwide Institutes of Well being Director Francis Collins additionally obtained theirs publicly final week. Vice President Mike Pence, second girl Karen Pence and U.S. Surgeon Basic Jerome Adams have 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 obtained their vaccinations. President Donald Trump has not but obtained the vaccine, probably as a result of well being recommendation recommends that anybody who’s been handled for COVID-19 await 90 days to be vaccinated.