White House staff are among the first to vaccinate.

White House staff, who are in close contact with President Trump, were told they were scheduled to receive coronavirus vaccine injections soon when the first doses of the vaccine were given only to high-risk healthcare workers. to two sources familiar with the distribution plans.

The purpose of distributing the vaccine within the West Wing is to prevent additional government officials from falling ill in the last weeks of the Trump administration. The hope is that the vaccine will eventually be distributed to everyone who works in the White House, but starts with the oldest people working around the president, one man said.

It is not clear how many doses will be distributed to the White House or how much is needed. While many Trump officials said they would love to get the vaccine and take it if offered, others say they are worried that it would send the wrong message by looking like Trump’s staff are jumping in line to protect the president who already had the virus. and boasted that he was now “immune”.

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine left a facility in Michigan in early Sunday, with UPS and FedEx working together to ship it to all 50 states for distribution. A White House spokesman did not respond to the request for an opinion.

Several waves of coronavirus cases have been experienced in the White House. Mr. Trump, the first lady and a half-dozen counselors, gave a positive result in late September and early October. A few weeks later, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and a handful of Pence employees and consultants 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 was ill at the time, as were many other Trump advisers.

Since then, some senior Trump consultants have left the White House, such as Alyssa Farah, senior communications consultant. But the president’s main staff will remain.