In order to boost Americans’ confidence in jabs, US President-elect Joe Biden received coronavirus vaccine live on television on Monday. The 78-year-old received Pfizer vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. His wife Jill was vaccinated earlier, said the presidential transition team. After getting the vaccine, Biden told Americans that “there’s nothing to worry about” about the vaccine.

“Today, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. To the scientists and researchers who worked tirelessly to make this possible — thank you. We owe you an awful lot. And to the American people — know there is nothing to worry about. When the vaccine is available, I urge you to take it,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

Biden is the latest high-profile political figure who has publicly joined the first wave of vaccinations campaign. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife received Covid-19 vaccination last week. However, President Donald Trump is yet to take part in the drive.

The Republican leader claims that he has natural immunity after recovering from coronavirus. Trump has done little to support the campaign. He hasn’t even issued any statement addressing Americans’ vaccine skepticism. Meanwhile, his wife Melania Trump has also not spoken about the drive.

Biden, who will be the oldest American president ever to take office on January 20, called the medical workers “amazing and incredible”. He praised “the scientists and the people who put this together — frontline workers, people who were the ones who actually did the clinical work.” He received the first shot in the two-stage Pfizer vaccine and said that he is “looking forward” to the follow-up.

So far, coronavirus has killed almost 318,000 Americans.