Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first round of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday.

Harris and husband Doug Emhoff both received the first of the two-shot Moderna vaccine at the United Medical Center in southeast Washington.

UMC clinical nurse manager Patricia Cummings, in a white jacket, blue scrubs, shield, green N95 mask and blue surgical gloves, administered the shot at 11 a.m. in Harris’ left arm.

Harris looked up and away as the needle went in but did not appear bothered.

“That was easy. … Thank you. I barely felt it,” she said. “Thank you, Nurse Patricia.”

President-elect Joe Biden took his shot in Delaware last week.

The incoming president and vice president have said in recent days taking the vaccine publicly shows Americans the drugs are safe and effective.

“Today I got the COVID-19 vaccine,” Harris tweeted afterward. “I am incredibly grateful to our frontline health care workers, scientists, and researchers who made this moment possible.

“When you’re able to take the vaccine, get it,” she said. “This is about saving lives.”

As of Tuesday, the U.S. has roughly 19.3 million coronavirus cases and 336,000 related deaths — both tops globally — according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

Other political leaders such as Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have all been immunized publicly. Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have pledged to be publicly inoculated, also.

President Trump hasn’t been vaccinated yet, but has expressed a willingness pending his doctors’ approval. The president contracted the potentially deadly virus in the fall and likely still has antibodies from the treatment he received at the time.

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