WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, announced that on Saturday the congressman received the first of two injections for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The dose was received at the advice of the House Attending Physician for continuity of government purposes and he will receive the second dose in three weeks, according to the same press release from Thompson’s office.
“I have no reservations about the science and research behind this vaccine and I’m grateful to all the scientists who made this possible,” Thompson said in a statement released by Thompson’s office. “I encourage everyone to get it after consulting with their physician and following local guidance on distribution timetables.
“My wife, Jan, is a nurse at St. Helena Hospital and she will receive her vaccination tomorrow. We feel very lucky to get these early doses and I’m going to do everything I can to deliver Federal funding to help speed up the rollout of this vaccine,” Thompson added. “We both want to remind everyone that we still need to continue safety protocols to keep every safe and crush the virus. Please continue washing your hands frequently, watching your social distance and wearing your masks. Let’s get through this together.”
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a Covid-19 vaccine made by Moderna for emergency use. The decision comes a week after the agency approved a similar vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech.
News of the second vaccine comes as coronavirus continues to infect more Americans each day. On Friday, more than 250,000 cases were reported, according to the New York Times.