The high-profile Americans who've already received COVID-19 shots, from Dr. Anthony Fauci to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was answering questions on her Instagram when she got her first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. Instagram
On Wednesday, the U.S. topped 1 million first-time doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
That first wave included senior officials like President-elect Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senator Mitt Romney, all of whom publicly received the coronavirus vaccine to encourage others to do the same.
Katalin Karikó, the scientist who developed mRNA vaccines, received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on December 21.
Here are the high profile people who received their COVID-19 vaccine in the past 11 days.
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More than 1 million people have received the coronavirus vaccine since it was given 10 days ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday.
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Among the 1 million are a number of high-ranking politicians and scientists who, along with front-line workers, received their first doses last week.
This includes several members of the House and Senate who were entitled to jump to the top to ensure "continued governance" during the pandemic. Many have posted pictures of themselves receiving the vaccine to set an example for their constituents.
The 1 million figure includes images of Pfizer's vaccine, which was launched on December 14th, and Modernas, which was available a week later, on December 21st, for the Americans' first phase.
Both vaccines require two doses in order for them to completely prevent the disease from COVID-19. Clinical studies have shown that about two weeks after the second dose, each is up to 95% effective. Pfizer's second shot is given 21 days after the first and Moderna's 28 days later.
Here are the most famous Americans who got their first doses of vaccines in the last 10 days.
President-elect Joe Biden and new first lady Jill Biden received their first doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine on December 21.
President-elect Joe Biden will receive his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. Carolyn Kaster / AP
The Bidens received their first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on camera on Monday, December 21.
"We owe these people a lot," the 78-year-old president told reporters at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Delaware. "The scientists and the people who put this together, the frontline workers, the people who actually did the clinical work, it's just amazing."
Biden told reporters that he and the arriving first lady, 69, were given the vaccine to show the American public that there was nothing to fear.
Dr. Anthony Fauci received a dose of Moderna's vaccine and said he was confident the shot would "end this pandemic".
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on December 22, 2020.
Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.
On Tuesday, December 22nd, two days before his 80th birthday, he received his first dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.
After Fauci got the shot, he encouraged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as it was available "so we can have a veil of protection over this country that would end this pandemic".
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence received their first dose of the vaccine during a live stream at the White House.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in Washington, DC on December 18, 2020 to promote the vaccine's safety and effectiveness.
To dispel myths about the coronavirus vaccine, the Pences received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine publicly during a live stream from the White House.
According to a report, President Donald Trump refused to attend the event because he did not want to be the face of vaccinations in the US.
US surgeon general Jerome Adams received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine along with the Pences.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams will receive a COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020 at the White House in Washington, DC to promote the vaccine's safety and effectiveness.
After Adams received his Pfizer shot, he posted a tweet in honor of Kizzy Corbett, the black scientist who was instrumental in developing the Moderna shot with the US National Institutes of Health.
Moderna's years of work on mRNA vaccines gave each vaccine attempt a boost and speeded up the process.
"Thank you to @KizzyPhD and all the scientists, reviewers and study participants - especially from minorities and / or vulnerable communities - who made this moment possible," said Adams.
New York MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got her first shot of the Pfizer vaccine and shared the experience on her Instagram stories.
In a photo posted on Twitter, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed how she received the COVID-19 vaccine. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Twitter
After the President-elect showed the public that the coronavirus vaccines are safe, a number of Congressmen posted their first doses on social media.
MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got hers and answered a series of questions about vaccination on Instagram during the trial.
"I would * never * ask you to do something I wasn't ready to do," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after receiving her vaccine on Dec. 19.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi from California and the house majority whip James Clyburn posted their vaccination pictures on Twitter.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi receives a COVID-19 vaccination shot by Doctor Brian Monahan, who attended the United States Medical Congress on December 18, 2020 in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Majority Whip James Clyburn posted a picture of his first dose on December 18 with the caption, "I hope every American over the age of 16 will be vaccinated once they are able to save and ultimately defeat lives." Virus."
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi received her vaccine the same day and encouraged people to continue taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19.
"While the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue to wear masks, social distancing and other science-based steps to save lives and destroy the virus," she wrote in her tweet.
Celebrity Republicans including Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Mitt Romney and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell posted their vaccinations on social media.
Senator Lindsey Graham receives the COVID-19 vaccine posted on his Twitter account. Sen. Lindsey Graham screenshot via Twitter
While Congress debated whether or not politicians like their constituents should wait to take the vaccine, a few prominent Republican lawmakers posted pictures of their vaccinations.
Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Mitt Romney, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all got their coronavirus vaccinations to serve as role models for their constituents to do the same.
"Thank goodness for those who made these vaccines. If enough of us take them, we'll go back to normal lives," wrote Graham.
- Head McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 18, 2020
Katalin Karikó, the scientist who developed mRNA vaccines, received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on December 21.
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As previously reported by Business Insider, Karikó risked her career to develop mRNA vaccines.
Years later, she is credited with helping fight and hopefully end this pandemic.
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