U.S. Vice President Mike Pence received the coronavirus vaccination Friday morning on live television, becoming the nation’s highest-ranking vaccinated official. Second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also received a vaccination.
“I didn’t feel a thing,” Pence said in brief remarks after receiving the vaccine shot. Pence also touted Operation Warp Speed, the administration’s program to produce a vaccine.
“Make no mistake about it: it’s a medical miracle,” Pence said about the vaccine, which began distribution this week. “I also believe that history will record that this week was the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Pence also encouraged Americans to continue to practice social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing a mask. “The way through this challenging time is vigilance and a vaccine,” Pence said.
Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has taken on much of the day-to-day work on COVID-19, even as the president continues to focus publicly on the election. It’s not year clear when Mr. Trump, who has already had COVID-19, will receive the vaccine.