Roommates, as the first doses of the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine are being administered throughout the U.S., Trump recently provided a surprising announcement about his own vaccination plans. Taking to Twitter, Trump revealed that he will not be among those who take the first round of the vaccine—and neither will members of the White House staff.
Surprising many, Trump said he had requested a change in plans and that White House staff, including himself, would not be among the first to get the vaccine unless “necessary.” This decision goes against plans that were in the works that were set to have Trump and White House staff members receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.
Trump tweeted the new vaccine plans, writing:
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!”
Last week, federal public health officials endorsed the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, as a potentially lifesaving treatment for a virus that has killed more than 299,000 in the country.
An advisory panel with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine, a day after the Food and Drug Administration granted it emergency use authorization.
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