US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday received her first dose of the Moderna COVID -19 vaccine before live television cameras as part of a growing effort to convince the US public the inoculations are safe.
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The vice president-elect took a dose of the vaccine at United Medical Center in southeast Washington, DC and said her husband Douglas Emhoff would do the same.
“That was easy! Thank you. I just barely felt it. I barely felt it,” Harris said after receiving the shot.
The Moderna vaccine is part of the nation’s arsenal against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 330,000 people in the United States and upended life around the globe.
The 56-year-old Harris wanted to get the shot live on television as a way of bolstering public confidence in the vaccine.
The president-elect and vice president-elect have now joined a growing number of elected officials who received the vaccine this month, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Harris also responded to reporters question for a larger COVID relief as part of an end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill.
“A while back I recommended that folks receive a 2,000-dollar check,” Harris said.