Biden plans to get COVID-19 vaccination publicly as early as next week

Biden plans to get COVID-19 vaccination publicly as early as next week
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal Obama, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley team up to urge communities of color to get coronavirus vaccine Biden to hold second meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE is planning to publicly receive the COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as next week,” a transition team source confirmed to The Hill. 

CNN first reported the news Wednesday, citing people familiar with the plans, and added that aides said the delay of the public shot had been due to the logistics of administering it in public, rather than hesitation to get the vaccine. 

Biden told reporters on Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., that he would get the vaccine publicly to bolster public confidence. 


"I don't want to get ahead of the line, but I want to make sure we demonstrate to the American people that it is safe to take," Biden said. "When I do it, I'll do it publicly, so you can all witness my getting it done.” 

This comes after Biden told CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE earlier this month that he would be “happy to” receive a coronavirus vaccine in a public setting following approval from the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWaters: Fauci 'was being bullied' by Jordan during hearing Whitmer: State won't close down again following GOP lawsuits Sunday shows - Fauci dominates with remarks on vaccines, boosters, masks and Jordan MORE

Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMedia complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy Trump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE also said in the interview that she would get the vaccine.

During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America” Tuesday, Fauci said that Biden and President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE should be “vaccinated as soon as we possibly can.” 

Trump has championed the vaccine, but over the weekend said he was reversing plans for some high-level White House staffers to receive early access to doses, while signaling he himself would wait to receive the vaccine. 


Vice President Pence’s office announced that he will be publicly vaccinated at the White House Friday, along with second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePences announce birth of first grandchild Can a common bond of service unite our nation? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budget MORE and Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsOvernight Health Care: US joins 13 countries in raising 'concerns' with data in WHO team's virus report | COVID-19's fourth wave is hitting the US hard | American satisfaction with vaccine rollout surges to 68 percent: poll Former Surgeon General defends Birx after CNN interview Feehery: The top 15 dumb ideas since we took 15 days to stop the spread MORE

Other top political figures have signaled their intention to receive the vaccine in order to build public confidence, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure MORE (R-Ky.). Former Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama have all said they would publicly get the coronavirus vaccine as a way to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness.

Health care workers received the first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine Monday after it received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week. 

Final trial data showed Pfizer’s vaccine, which requires two doses administered several weeks apart, to be 95 percent effective at preventing COVID-19. 

The vaccine candidate developed by Moderna, which has a similar efficacy rate, is also being considered for FDA emergency use approval this week. 

Al Weaver contributed to this report.