To restore confidence, many notable figures are taking the COVID-19 vaccine publicly now that it’s officially available.
One of those who want to let the people know that it’s safe for use is Dr. Anthony Fauci. America’s most prominent infectious disease expert followed President-elect Joe Biden’s lead and lately received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine publicly.
He just received his first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine while at a ceremonial event at the National Institutes of Health. In an effort to reassure Americans that the vaccine is safe and effective, the event was aired on live television.
Dr. Fauci wanted to get vaccinated publicly as a symbol for everyone in the country as he said he feels “extreme confidence” in the science behind the vaccine. Also, this was to protect him in his work where he sees patients at NIH.
In his full statement, he said:
“I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine and I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated so that we can have a veil of protection over this country, that would end this pandemic.”
Dr. Fauci was not alone, as he received his shot along with NIH Director Francis Collins and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. They were all joined by frontline healthcare workers at NIH who have been treating COVID-19 patients.