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18th Dec 2020

Vice President Mike Pence gets Covid vaccine on live TV

Wil Jones

The Vice President said he “didn’t feel a thing”

US Vice President Mike Pence has received Pfizer’s Covid vaccine on live television.

Pence, his wife Karen, and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams all got the shot on Friday morning in Washington DC.

“I didn’t feel a thing,” Pence said after receiving the injection. “Karen and I were more than happy to step out to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine that we have produced for the American people.”

The Pfizer requires two shots, several weeks apart, so Pence, his wife and Adams will receive the second dose in 21 days.

Before taking the vaccine, Pence was asked a series of questions about his medical history.

He was asked if he had ever had a serious reaction to any other vaccine, and if he was taking any blood thinners, or has any blood disorders, or if he was immunocompromised. He replied negatively to all the questions.

The Vice President also confirmed that he was not pregnant or breast-feeding, but that was probably just a formality.

Surgeon General Adams received the vaccine first, then Mrs Pence, followed by the Vice President.

Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have all said they would be willing to receive a Covid-19 vaccine on camera, in order to help improve public confidence.

“If Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can immunise you against getting Covid, absolutely I am going to take it,” Obama told SiriusXM’s Joe Madison.

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting Covid.”

Earlier this month, UK health minister Matt Hancock told Good Morning Britain‘s Piers Morgan that he was open to taking the vaccine on live television as well.