Patricia Cummings gives Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the United Medical Center in Washington on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received a COVID-19 vaccination live on television on Tuesday, as the incoming Biden administration seeks to boost confidence in the inoculation even while warning it will be months before it is available to all.

Senator Harris, who is Black and Asian-American, will become the second high-profile person from an ethnic minority background to receive the vaccine after Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Dec. 18.

President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, has said he will make the fight against the coronavirus his top priority.

He received his first injected dose of the vaccine live on television last week. Two doses are required for full protection.

Harris received the Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine from a nurse wearing a mask and a face visor at a medical center in predominately black southeast Washington.

“I barely felt it,” Harris said, laughing, after receiving the injection in her upper left arm.

“I want to encourage everyone to get the vaccine — it is relatively painless ... it is safe ... it’s literally about saving lives. I trust the scientists.”

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