Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine shot Tuesday afternoon in Washington D.C.
The first woman to be elected to the country’s second highest post received the shot on live TV in an effort to get more Americans, especially Black Americans, to take the vaccine.
“That was easy,” Harris said after receiving the shot in her left arm. “Thank you. I barely felt it. I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine. It is relatively painless. It happens really quickly. It is safe,” Harris added.
Harris added the second gentleman Doug Emhoff would also receive the first dose of the vaccine Tuesday. She said Americans can take solace in the fact that the vaccine will be given by medical officials that live in your community and that you might already know and trust.
“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. Folks who are working in the same hospital where an elderly relative received the kind of care that they needed,” Harris said after receiving the shot.
Biden and Harris’s shot were given a week apart in case either of them experience side effects of the vaccine, it wouldn’t occur on the same day.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved emergency authorization for two coronavirus vaccines in the country, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both showed efficacy rates above 90%.