President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence — were to be offered COVID-19 vaccines as soon as this week, while initial public distribution is being limited to front-line health workers and people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” Trump posted on Twitter. “I have asked that this adjustment be made.”
“I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time,” he added.
National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot told CBS News in a statement earlier Sunday that, “Senior officials across all three branches of government will receive vaccinations pursuant to continuity of government protocols established in executive policy.”
“The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership,” he added.
Officials announced the vaccine would begin arriving in states on Monday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally gave emergency approval for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine candidate last week.
Two sources had told the Times that the White House intends to prevent other government officials from getting infected with COVID-19, starting with the most senior staffers closest to Trump.