Trump rejects plan for early vaccination at White House

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President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that White House officials will not necessarily be given the first shot at the new Covid-19 vaccine.

“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” Trump tweeted. “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. Thank you!”

The president’s tweet followed a report in the New York Times that leading government officials would be among the first to get doses of the newly released vaccines, which are being counted on to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

It was not clear if, according to the “unless specifically necessary” part of Trump’s tweet, some members of the administration would indeed receive the vaccination early in the process. Some employees might be deemed necessary to ensure there is continuity in the functioning of the government.

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