After recovering from COVID-19 a couple of months ago, President Trump is in no rush to receive the new COVID vaccine and tweeted that he will receive it at an “appropriate time.” Bloomberg News had reported that some government officials would be receiving the vaccine this week but according to Trump, White House staff will not be among that group.
Trump tweeted, “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,” tweeted Trump on Sunday evening.
The CDC is still not sure what kind of long-term protection people who have had the virus develop against getting the virus again. The CDC is also unsure of what kind of long-term protection Pfizer’s vaccine regimen provides to recipients. The Pfizer vaccine consists of two doses spaced out three weeks apart.
John Ullyot, a spokesperson for the National Security Council told the Associated Press on Sunday that officials throughout the government would be receiving the vaccine, saying “Senior officials across all three branches of government will receive vaccinations pursuant to continuity of government protocols established in executive policy. The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership.”
The U.S. government is expected to roll out enough vaccines to treat roughly 20 million Americans in the next three weeks.