Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, documenting the process Friday evening.
“Hey everyone! So we found out last night that the COVID vaccine was available to members of Congress as part of ‘continuity of governance’ plan (basically a national security measure),” she wrote in an Instagram story Friday evening, adding that she would “never advise” Americans to do something she was not willing to do herself.
“So I’m heading to my vaccination appt now,” she continued, and said she was there to take any questions before posting a video receiving the first dose of the vaccine:
AOC documents getting the Pfizer vaccine for her Insta following: pic.twitter.com/6kt5L8UwgU
— Hannah Bleau 🌻 (@hannahbleau_) December 19, 2020
A few hours later, the New York lawmaker provided a brief update and said she did not feel any side effects.
“Some people feel tired, have a headache, etc. — That’s normal. Your body is building immunity,” she said, promising to provide another update on Saturday.
Healthcare workers across the country have already begun to receive the vaccine. This week, a New York nurse became the first in the U.S. to receive the Pfizer vaccine outside of clinical trials.
Vice President Mike Pence and leaders of the House and Senate — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — have also received the vaccine:
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 18, 2020
Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus. pic.twitter.com/tijVCSnJd7
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 18, 2020
Just received the safe, effective COVID vaccine following continuity-of-government protocols. Vaccines are how we beat this virus.
Now back to continue fighting for a rescue package including a lot more money for distribution so more Americans can receive it as fast as possible. pic.twitter.com/kSBhI3EzzM
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 18, 2020
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the emergency use of Moderna’s vaccine.