(CNN) — US President-elect Joe Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden will receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Delaware on Monday, transitional spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in a conference call Friday.
The transition team did not have details on where exactly the vaccination would take place.
Psaki said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, would receive their vaccinations the following week.
The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses administered several weeks apart to be 95% effective.
Psaki said that Biden and Harris were staggering the vaccine on the recommendation of medical experts. The reason could be that if Biden and Harris experience the expected side effects, such as a headache or fever, the two would not experience them on the same day.
Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this month that he would be “happy” to receive a coronavirus vaccine once Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said it was safe and would receive injection in a public place to show your confidence in her. Harris also said in the interview that he would receive the vaccine.
Fauci told ABC’s “Good Morning America” this week that his “strong recommendation” would be that Biden and Harris get vaccinated “as soon as possible.” He also recommended that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence receive the vaccine.
Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and US Chief Health Officer Jerome Adams received the vaccine at an on-camera event Friday morning. The Trump administration said that having Pence receive the vaccine in public was part of the government’s efforts to build public confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
Trump has yet to receive the vaccine and will not be given one until recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official told CNN earlier this week. The president is still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he was given after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year, the official said, but he will likely receive his injection once it passes a window of time. to get the vaccine.
The announcement by Biden’s team comes after the first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine were injected into healthcare workers last Monday. The vaccine was cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use a week earlier, and the first doses were delivered to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
As part of the president-elect’s plan to fight the virus, Biden has said his administration would aim to distribute 100 million vaccines, which is enough to cover 50 million people, in his first 100 days in office.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country and more than 311,000 Americans had died as of Friday afternoon.
Vaccine advisers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities be the first to get vaccinated. It will likely take months before the vaccine is widely available to the rest of the population.
CNN’s Maggie Fox contributed to this report.
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