NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on live television on Monday as part of an effort to ensure Americans that it is safe to take.
Biden received the first of two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses on camera at ChristianaCare's Christiana Hospital in Delaware Monday afternoon, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who received her first dose earlier in the day.
Speaking to reporters after nurse practitioner and head of Employee Health Services Tabe Mase administered the shot, Biden said he was taking the vaccine “to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it’s available, to take the vaccine.”
“There’s nothing to worry about. I’m looking forward to the second shot,” he said with a laugh.
Biden noted that the vaccine rollout is “just the beginning” of the country’s effort to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind it.
“In the meantime, I know I don’t want to sound like a sour note here, but I hope people listen to all the experts… about the need to wear masks during these Christmas and New Years holidays,” he said. “Wear a mask, socially distance, and if you don’t have to travel, don’t travel.”
“It’s one thing to have the vaccine show up at a hospital. It’s another thing to get the vaccine from that vial into a needle, into an arm,” he added. “And there’s millions of people out there that are going to need this. Frontline workers first.”