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  • The news of the former president’s vaccination came just one day after he called on his supporters to get their COVID-19 vaccines during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference.
  • It’s not clear why Trump made no public statements about his coronavirus vaccination, especially while other top U.S. officials, including former Vice President Pence, President Biden and Vice President Harris, received the vaccine during televised events.

Former President Trump and his wife Melania quietly received the coronavirus vaccine at the White House in January, The New York Times reports. 

The Times cited an adviser who confirmed to the outlet the two were given the shot before their final departure from the White House and have since received their second dose. It’s not clear whether the two received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  


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The news of the former president’s vaccination came just one day after he called on his supporters to get their COVID-19 vaccines during his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), while taking credit for the rollout of the vaccine in the U.S. It was the first time he publicly encouraged his supporters to get vaccinated.

“Everybody go get your shot,” he said. 

It’s not clear why Trump made no public statements about his coronavirus vaccination, especially while other top U.S. officials, including former Vice President Pence, President Biden and Vice President Harris, received the vaccine during televised events in an attempt to boost public confidence the vaccine is safe and effective. 

In December, the White House said Trump would not receive the vaccine until he was recommended to do so by his medical team. 

Both Trump and the former first lady were infected with the coronavirus in the fall. The former president was treated at Walter Reed hospital for several days. 

During his time as president, Trump took credit for the accelerated development of the vaccines, but he mostly avoided urging the public to to get vaccinated as doses started to roll out across the country. He faced criticism for his reluctance to follow and instruct staff to adhere to coronavirus restrictions including mask mandates, social distancing procedures and other guidelines. 

Polling has found that Republicans are more likely than any other group in the U.S. to be unsure or resistant to being vaccinated for COVID-19.


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Published on Mar 02, 2021