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Kamala Harris receives 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday received her first dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.

Harris joins President-elect Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence, several White House officials, and various lawmakers in getting vaccinated. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, also received his first dose of the Moderna vaccine Tuesday.

CBS News reports that Harris waited to get her first shot until around a week after Biden because health experts recommended they stagger their inoculations to avoid coming down with any potential side effects, such as a headache or fever, at the same time.

The process was "easy," Harris said after the injection, noting that she "didn't feel a thing." She encouraged others to take the vaccine when it becomes available to them. Tim O'Donnell