This Is Why Dr. Fauci Hasn't Gotten the Vaccine Yet
The nation's leading infectious disease expert is holding out for a little while longer.
Since the Pfizer vaccine was approved and began being administered on Dec. 14, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been one of its biggest advocates. Fauci has been very vocal about how essential it is for everyone to get vaccinated when the time comes, but he himself has yet to get the vaccine. According to the leading infectious disease expert, it's just a waiting game at this point.
On Dec. 18, Today's Savannah Guthrie asked Fauci when he would be getting his vaccine, noting that it may make some people feel more comfortable if they witness Fauci get the shot.
"I'm ready to go. We're waiting for the supply to come into the NIH [National Institutes of Health]," he told Guthrie. "We haven't gotten our supply yet. I hope it's coming in the next couple of days. If it does, I'm going to get vaccinated as soon as I can. I hope that's going to be within the next few days to the early part of next week."
Although Fauci has not yet gotten his vaccine, a handful of prominent people have. Keep reading for the vaccine status of other notable figures, and for more on Fauci's vaccine plans, This Is Which COVID Vaccine Dr. Fauci Plans to Get.
Vice President Mike Pence
On Dec. 18, Vice President Mike Pence got vaccinated publicly on live TV. After receiving the shot, Pence gave a brief speech thanking the team that administered the vaccine, as well as the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Pence said he "didn't feel a thing" while getting the shot. The Second Lady, Karen Pence, also got vaccinated. And for more coronavirus vaccine news, discover The One Thing About the COVID Vaccine That's Surprising Even Doctors.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams
Surgeon General Jerome Adams got his vaccine right before Pence on Dec. 18. Adams shared the moment on his Twitter, writing, "I've never been more excited or proud to #SleeveUp." The Surgeon General said he felt "called" to receive the vaccine. Adams added that "as the US Surgeon General and a Black man, I am equally aware of the symbolic significance of my vaccination."
The Surgeon General has been enthused about the vaccine since it's arrival. On Dec. 14, when the first shot went out, Adams told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "This is just tremendous, and I'm smiling bigger than I've smiled in a long time, because it has been a hard year for so many people out there, including me personally." Adams went on to call the vaccine "a shot of hope." And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Sanjay Gupta, MD
Before Pence and Adams sat down for their vaccinations, neurosurgeon and chief medical advisor for CNN, Sanjay Gupta, MD, got his vaccination. Gupta was joined by surgeon Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD. After getting her shot, Montgomery Rice—who admitted she didn't like needles—said it was "a piece of cake." And for more on future immunization plans, If You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine, You Can Get This For Free.
President-elect Joe Biden
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will get their first doses of the vaccine on Dec. 21, per Bloomberg. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will get the vaccine the following week.
Biden previously told reporters in Delaware, "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." He has made it clear that he would like to get vaccinated publicly to boost confidence in the vaccine. And if you're wondering about the safety of the shot, This Is What's Really in the COVID Vaccine.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
On Dec. 18, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she had also gotten the vaccine. "Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine," Pelosi wrote. "As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Also on Dec. 18, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received his first dose of COVID vaccine, as he wrote on Twitter. "Just received the safe, effective COVID vaccine following continuity-of-government protocols," McConnell said. "Vaccines are how we beat this virus." And for anyone eager to get vaccinated, If You Did This in 2020, You Can Get Your COVID Vaccine Sooner.