Dr. Anthony Fauci receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Before he received the shot, Fauci said he feels “extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy” of the vaccine.

Video Transcript

- So many in our nation are saying, if Dr. Fauci gets the vaccine, I'm going to get the vaccine. So, tell us a little bit of why it's important.

ANTHONY FAUCI: Well, for me it's important for two reasons. One, is that I'm an attending physician here on the staff at The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, and so I do see patients. But as important or more important is as a symbol to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine. And I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated so that we could have avail of protection over this country that would end this pandemic.

- Thank you, Dr. Fauci, for coming today. Any last minute questions, concerns?


- All right. Just scrunch up here. Want to get a good, intramuscular injection here. Thanks for helping out. A pinch. And before you go, let me put a bandaid on it. Thank you so much.