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Marco Rubio latest lawmaker to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the latest U.S. lawmaker to receive the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Rubio tweeted a photograph of the inoculation Saturday morning. He poked fun of himself for looking away from the needle, but expressed great confidence in the vaccine.

The senator joins several other prominent U.S. political leaders in getting vaccinated, including Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, all of whom got their shots Friday. While health care workers have priority access to the vaccine in the initial roll out, Rubio and the others are jumping the line to help instill public confidence in the process.