Amber Syed – Scene Editor
With the COVID-19 vaccine being available since last month, many stars that we see on television have already received the vaccine. Here’s a few of the people who received it and had something to say about it.
President-elect Joe Biden, received his first dose of the vaccine on December 21 and the second dose, live on camera, on January 11. According to People, Biden told reporters “I’m doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared, when it’s available, to take the vaccine”.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, received her first dose of the vaccine on December 29. After getting the vaccine she said, “I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine. It is relatively painless, it happens really quickly, it is safe”. She was also one of the latest American legislators to receive the vaccine.
Martha Stewart, received the vaccine on the first day it was available to people in New York over the age of 75 and older. She then posted a video on Instagram captioning it “I was vaccinated today in a designated vaccine pod near the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Downtown I am so proud of and grateful to the doctors, nurses and medical staff who are wading through the red tape and confusion of the distribution of these very important vaccines. I am excited to have received my dosage and look forward to the booster. The doctors told me 10,000 applications were received by Mount Sinai right after the state released this batch of vaccines. Here’s to the advancement of science and a heartfelt thanks to those working on the vaccines. We are all hoping for an end to this pandemic. To allay your concerns that I jumped the line know that I am in the approved age group for this batch of vaccines and I waited in line with others.”
NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, also received his vaccine and made a PSA encouraging others to also take the vaccine when available. He explains in a clip “We have to find new ways to keep each other safe”.
The United States is still making its way towards vaccinating as many people as possible, but in a safe and organized manner. Illinois will be entering tier 1b soon. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, this means the vaccines will be available to frontline workers, people over the age of 65, and inmates.