House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both got their first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday.
The congressional leaders are among the highest-ranking government officials to receive the shot, following Vice President Mike Pence, who was vaccinated on live-TV earlier Friday.
“Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine,” Pelosi tweeted, along with photos of herself receiving the inoculation.
“As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus.”
The 80-year-old California Democrat’s announcement was soon followed by one from McConnell, 78, who wrote in a tweet that he had “Just received the safe, effective COVID vaccine following continuity-of-government protocols.”
“Vaccines are how we beat this virus,” said the Kentucky Republican.
The Capitol physician, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, administered the shot to Pelosi and McConnell and has informed all members of the House and Senate that they are eligible under government continuity guidelines.
Lawmakers were asked to make appointments with his office to be vaccinated.
President-elect Joe Biden is set to receive the inoculation Monday in Delaware along with his wife, Jill. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will get it the following week.
President Trump has not yet gotten the vaccine. On Monday, he tweeted: “I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time.”