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Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus and are encouraging other Americans to do the same.

“Michelle and I got vaccinated against COVID-19 because we know it’s the best way to beat this pandemic, protect one another, and get the country back up and running again,” the former president tweeted on Thursday morning.

“So I hope you’ll get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. It could save your life,” he continued.

The tweet also featured video showing the Obamas receiving the vaccine along with former Presidents Carter, Clinton, George W. Bush and their wives, former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush.  

In the video, which was developed by Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative and released on Wednesday, the former presidents urged Americans to receive their coronavirus vaccines to protect themselves against COVID-19 and hopefully put a stop to the ongoing pandemic. 

“This vaccine means hope. It will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease,” Barack Obama said in the one-minute ad.

“We’ve lost enough people, and we’ve suffered enough damage,” Bill Clinton said.

According to the latest Johns Hopkins University data, the country has counted more than 29.1 million COVID-19 cases so far and more than 529,000 deaths, the highest recorded tallies for any country.

The ad was one of two released on Wednesday in which the former presidents encouraged Americans to receive the vaccines, calling the decision the “first step to ending the pandemic and moving our country forward.”

“The science is clear. These vaccines will protect you and those you love from this dangerous and deadly disease,” George W. Bush said. 

The clip did not include appearances from former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.

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