U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, publicly vaccinated against the coronavirus Friday, a procedure broadcast live on NBC News.
They were seated in chairs in the audience with reporters. The doctor first asked them to confirm that they had had no previous allergic reactions to the vaccines, that everything had been explained to them about the drug.
Journalists in the audience laughed when the Pence couple confidently answered in the negative to the obligatory question, “Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?”
After a short interview, the injections were given to the left shoulder, after which the doctor warned that this was only the first part of the vaccination, the arm might be sore for a while and in 21 days it would be necessary to come back for the second injection.
The entire procedure took a few minutes.
“I didn’t feel anything. Well done. Appreciate your service to the country,” Pence later thanked the doctors.
He and his wife, he said, are happy to set an example by vaccinating with “a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.”
“I believe it will go down in history that this week was the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic,” Pence added.
The Pfizer-made vaccine began use in the U.S. this week. The regulator is expected to approve a second vaccine made by Moderna on Friday.