New York Sen. Chuck Schumer gets COVID-19 vaccine

Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was vaccinated Saturday against coronavirus, joining a string of top leaders to get the shot.

The Senate Minority Leader said he got the vaccine on the advice of the congressional doctor, a day after fellow leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took their shots.

“The vaccine is safe and effective, and I encourage everyone to take it as it becomes available,” Schumer wrote on Twitter.

All of the leaders received the Pfizer vaccine, the first one to win approval for use in the United States. They will need another shot in about a month’s time to ensure maximum protection against the virus.

Schumer, 70, is considered at high risk of contracting serious illness from COVID-19 because of his age, as are Pelosi and McConnell.

Vice President Mike Pence took the shot live on camera earlier this week.

President-elect Joe Biden says he will get the vaccine next week.

President Trump, who often boasts about the successful vaccine development push, has said he is “open” to receiving the shot.

The White House has not explained why the outgoing president, who is 74 years old, has not yet been vaccinated.