(CNN) – Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to receive the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, according to the Biden transition team.
A transition officer told CNN that Harris will be given the vaccine live on camera from Washington, DC. The official said Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, will also receive the vaccine Tuesday.
Vaccination for the Vice President-elect will come just over a week after President-Elect Joe Biden is received live on national television. After receiving the shot, Biden assured Americans the safety of the vaccine and urged them to get vaccinated as soon as the shots became available to them.
According to Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the transition, Biden and Harris have staggered their vaccinations on the advice of medical experts. The reason for such a recommendation could be that if Biden and Harris reported side effects such as headache or fever, they would not experience them in the same day.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use approval for two coronavirus vaccines: one from Pfizer / BioNTech and one from Moderna. Both Modernas and the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine have shown similar levels of effectiveness of nearly 95%, and both vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart.
The nation’s leading specialist in infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC earlier this month that he strongly recommends vaccinating Biden and Harris as soon as possible. And on Sunday he reiterated his recommendation that President Donald Trump should get the vaccine.
Vice President Mike Pence was given the vaccine a week before Biden at an on-camera event. The first doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine were given to healthcare workers the same week Pence received his shot.
Trump has not yet received the vaccine and will not be given until recommended by the White House medical team, a White House official previously told CNN. The official said at the time that Trump was still receiving the benefits of the monoclonal antibody cocktail he received after testing positive for Covid-19 this fall, but that the president would likely get his shot as soon as he got off his medical one Team was recommended.
In their clinical guidelines for the U.S. emergency-approved coronavirus vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccines should be offered to people previously infected with coronavirus, like Trump in early October. It was noted that vaccination could be delayed somewhat as re-infection in the 90 days after initial infection is unusual.
However, there are no safety or efficacy data for the vaccines in people treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma for Covid-19. Trump’s treatment for Covid-19 included the monoclonal antibody cocktail made by Regeneron. The CDC guidelines state: “As a precautionary measure, vaccination should be postponed by at least 90 days until additional information is available in order to avoid interference with antibody treatment with vaccine-induced immune responses.”