US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be getting their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband will get their shots next week.
The announcements were made by Joe Biden’s incoming press secretary, Jen Psaki.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will receive their doses the week after next.
The announcement was made Friday, hours after Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking government officials to receive their first doses of a coronavirus vaccine that could eventually put an end to the raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Psaki told reporters that Joe Biden would be receiving the shot in public. Mike Pence received the dose in public on Friday.
The Bidens would also be thanking workers at the Delaware medical facility where they will receive their injections.
Earlier, Joe Biden had said, “I don’t want to get ahead of the line but I want to make sure that we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take.” Joe Biden, 78, is in a high-risk category for the coronavirus because of his age.
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases continue to surge in the US with over 3 lakh people dead so far. On Wednesday, US saw a one-day high of 3,580 deaths even as record number of Covid-19 cases continue to overwhelm healthcare workers and facilities.