VP Pence to Take Vaccine on TV at White House

VP Pence to Take Vaccine on TV at White House mike pence gives a military salute from behind the podium Vice President Mike Pence (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 16 December 2020 06:23 PM

In an effort to boost "vaccine confidence," Vice President Mike Pence plans to get the Pfizer first dose Friday on camera at the White House, a source told Axios.

Pence, the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, anticipates TV coverage of the event, which will be attended by second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, according to the report.

Adams, a Black man, also hopes to instill confidence in the vaccine among minorities.

"The share of Americans who say they'll get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it's available has doubled since September, with more than one in four now putting their hands up, per the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index," Axios' Margaret Talev reported.

"Overall, 27% of respondents in Wave 33 of our weekly national poll say they plan to get the vaccine as soon as it's available to them, up from 13% in September. Another 11% say they'll get it a few weeks after; 25% say a few months after; and 15% say they'll wait a year or longer.

"40% of Americans ages 65+ now say they'll take it as soon as it's available — a big jump from just 15% three months earlier."

Still, according to Talev, "29% of Black Americans, 26% of Republicans, and 21% of overall respondents say they don't plan to get the vaccine no matter how much time passes."