Dr. Anthony Fauci has officially received the COVID-19 vaccine.

What happened

Fauci, a top infectious disease expert in the United States, received the vaccine Tuesday morning. Fauci has been one of the faces of the pandemic.

  • “I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine, and I want to encourage everyone who has the opportunity to get vaccinated, so we can have a (veil) of protection in this country that would end this pandemic.”

Before he got the vaccine, Fauci said there was an important reason to get it on live TV, according to ABC News.

  • “I want to symbolize to people the importance that everyone gets vaccinated who can get vaccinated — but also it’s a good feeling of accomplishment, because this originated in laboratories in my institute.”

Not alone

Fauci was not the only major U.S. health official to get the vaccine Tuesday morning. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and other frontline health workers received doses of Moderna’s vaccine at an event at NIH Tuesday morning, according to Politico.