Dr. Fauci Explains Why It's So 'Important' He Got Vaccinated Today

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Posted: Dec 22, 2020 12:00 PM
Dr. Fauci Explains Why It's So 'Important' He Got Vaccinated Today

Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Dr. Anthony Fauci became the latest high profile figure to receive the COVID vaccine on Tuesday. He received the Moderna vaccine at the National Institutes of Health, along with NIH Director Francis Collins and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"Many in our nation are saying if Dr. Fauci gets the vaccine, I'm going to get the vaccine," a health official in attendance said as the physician sat down and rolled up his sleeve.

She wasn't kidding. Vice president-elect Kamala Harris did the country no favors when she declared at the 2020 vice presidential debate this fall that while she wouldn't receive the vaccine if President Trump said to take it, she would get it if Dr. Fauci instructed her to.

"For me it's important for two reasons," Fauci responded right before getting vaccinated. "One, is that I'm an attending physician here on the staff at the National Institutes of Health clinical center...more important, is as a symbol to the rest of the country, that 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...protection over this country that can end this pandemic."

After having received the shot he gave the crowd a thumbs up.

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