White House staff, who work closely with President Trump, have been told that they are due to receive injections of the coronavirus vaccine soon, at a time when the first doses of the vaccine will only be distributed to high-risk health care workers on two Sources familiar with the distribution plans.
The goal of distributing the vaccine in the west wing is to prevent more government officials from getting sick in the final weeks of the Trump administration. The hope is to eventually distribute the vaccine to everyone who works in the White House but start with some of the oldest people working around the president, one of the people said.
It is not clear how many doses will be allocated to the White House or how many will be needed. While many Trump officials said they were dying to get the vaccine and would take it if offered, others said they feared it would send the wrong message by making it look like Trump employees are in charge hop to protect a president who had the virus and bragged about being “immune” now.
The first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine left a facility in Michigan early Sunday. UPS and FedEx have teamed up to ship them to all 50 states for distribution. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
The White House has seen several waves of coronavirus cases. Mr Trump, the first lady and half a dozen advisors, tested positive in late September and early October. A few weeks later, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and a handful of other Pence employees and advisors fell ill.
And a third wave hit the west wing after the presidential election night party at the White House. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows fell ill at the time, as did several other Trump advisors.
Since then, some senior Trump advisors have left the White House, like senior communications adviser Alyssa Farah. However, the core group of the President’s top executives remains.