Vastavam web: The top leaders of the US House and Senate will be receiving the coronavirus vaccine this week, and Congress’ attending physician has informed members that they are all eligible for the shots under government continuity guidelines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both said Thursday that they will get vaccinated in the next few days.
Pelosi, D-Calif., is third in the line of succession for the presidency, after President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. McConnell, R-Ky., is not in the line of succession, but as majority leader, he is in charge of running the Senate. In a statement Thursday, Pelosi said: We must all continue to embrace testing, tracing, treatment, mask wearing and social distancing as the vaccine is being distributed.
It is imperative that we ensure that the vaccine will be free and delivered in a fair, equitable manner to as many Americans as soon as possible and that we accelerate its manufacture, including by invoking the Defense Production Act. McConnell said that as a polio survivor, he is especially aware of the extraordinary promise of hope vaccines offer. He said he’ll continue to wear a mask and follow other health guidelines.