Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House's testing czar, said on Sunday that he would encourage President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE to get the coronavirus vaccine in public in order to boost confidence among his followers.
“I would encourage the president to get a vaccine for his own health and safety, and also to generate more confidence among the people who follow him so closely,” Giroir told ABC News host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSurgeon general: 'Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another' Christie: Biden's new vaccine mandate will 'harden opposition' GOP senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will 'swat it away' when 'it comes to them in an appropriate manner' MORE on "This Week."
NEW: “I would encourage the president to get a vaccine for his own health and safety and also to generate more confidence among the people who follow him so closely,” Adm. Brett Giroir of the White House COVID-19 task force tells @GStephanopoulos. https://t.co/3DLfDf3VVJ pic.twitter.com/9TGRCbEpme— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 20, 2020
Late last week, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement Ethics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report MORE and his wife Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceMcCarthy, Ducey speak at Pence fundraiser: report Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book MORE received the Pfizer vaccine publicly. President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublicans caught in California's recall trap Harris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE are scheduled to publicly receive the vaccine this week.
"I think leadership, like the vice president, the Surgeon General, you know, should get vaccines because they will inspire confidence with the people who believe in them and trust them. And again, we have every reason to believe that this vaccine — these two vaccines — are very effective and they are safe," Giroir said on Sunday.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna vaccine on Friday and its first shipments are being prepared for delivery.
Though Trump is in the high-risk category due to his age, he has already contracted the virus and recovered, likely developing antibodies to the virus.
Health experts have said that those who have contracted the virus should receive the vaccine anyway as the immunity provided by COVID-19 antibodies has not been well studied yet and the vaccine could prevent a second infection. More severe symptoms have been observed in those who have been reinfected with the coronavirus.