US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before live television cameras as part of a growing effort to convince the US public the inoculations are safe. (Dec. 29)
KAMALA HARRIS: I'm ready.
KAMALA HARRIS: That was easy! Thank you.
- It's not hurting.
KAMALA HARRIS: I just barely felt it.
- Oh, really?
KAMALA HARRIS: I barely felt it.
- Awesome. I will put [INAUDIBLE]. And we are all set.
KAMALA HARRIS: OK.
KAMALA HARRIS: Thank you. I appreciate it.
- Thank you.
KAMALA HARRIS: Thank you.
KAMALA HARRIS: Well, I want to thank United Medical Center for the work that you do in southeast DC serving a community that is often overlooked. So it is good to be here. And I have now been vaccinated.
As Joe likes to say, there's a big difference between the vaccine and vaccinations. I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine. It is relatively painless.
It happens really quickly. It is safe. The Moderna, the Pfizer-- today, I had the Moderna vaccine. My husband is going to have it today as well.
I look forward to getting the second vaccine. And literally, this is about saving lives. It's literally about saving lives.
I trust the scientists. And it is the scientists who created and approved this vaccine. So I urge everyone, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It's about saving your life, the life of your family members, and the life of your community.