The injection was administered at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware, by Tabe Masa, who is a nurse practitioner and chief of health services for employees at the hospital, according to Biden’s transition team.
Biden’s vaccination came a week after the first doses of the vaccine were injected into healthcare workers, and days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for a second coronavirus vaccine.
Incoming first lady Jill Biden received the vaccine today, Biden’s transition team told reporters.
The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses given several weeks apart to be 95% effective.
The transition team has not provided details on when the Bidens will receive the second dose.
Biden’s transition spokesperson Jen Psaki has said Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will receive their vaccinations next week.
The nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said ABC last week I would highly recommend that Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Ms. Psaki told reporters that Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris were staggering the vaccine on the recommendation of medical experts.
The reason could be that if Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris experience the reported side effects, such as headache or fever, they would not get them on the same day.
Mr. Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams received the vaccine at an on-camera event last week.
The Trump administration has said that having the vice president receive the vaccine in public was part of the administration’s efforts to build public confidence in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.
Trump has not yet received the vaccine and will not be given one until recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official said last week.
The president is still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he was given after he tested positive for COVID-19 this fall, the official said, but he will likely receive his injection once recommended by the medical team.
Part of Biden’s plan to fight the pandemic includes distributing 100 million vaccine injections, enough to cover 50 million people, in his first 100 days in office.
The coronavirus pandemic had killed more than 318,000 Americans as of today.