NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar were among those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning during a vaccination kickoff event at the National Institutes of Health.
"I'm very pleased and honored to be here today," Dr. Fauci said.
Both Fauci and Azar received the Moderna vaccine that received emergency use authorization in the United States just days ago.
In a tweet, Azar said he, Fauci and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins would get vaccinated on Tuesday, without providing an exact time.
“We believe it’s important to publicly receive the vaccine as part of our efforts to demonstrate that these vaccines are safe and effective,” Azar wrote.
Several frontline workers at NIH Clinical Center will also take COVID-19 vaccines, he said.
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife received the first doses of their COVID-19 vaccines on Monday.