Harris pulled up the left sleeve of her black blouse at a community health care center in Washington and told a nurse, “OK, let’s do it.”
Harris, who is Black and Indian American, received the first of her two required shots at a facility that primarily serves African Americans, a televised reminder to minorities, who have been disproportionately hard hit by the coronavirus, to get vaccinated in the coming months.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on January 20, received his first vaccination shot last week.
So far, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 2.1 million Americans have been inoculated, far short of the 20 million the outgoing Trump administration said would be vaccinated by December 31, the last day of 2020.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, told CNN, “We certainly are not at the numbers that we wanted to be at the end of December. We are below where we want to be.”
Fauci said that with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases being recorded in the United States every day, the disease “has just gotten out of control in many respects.”