US President Donald Trump has said that he will not be taking the COVID-19 vaccine any time soon.
A Trump administration spokesman on Thursday said top officials in the three branches of government would be among the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine, but later in the evening, the president himself said most White House staff members will have to wait.
This he says is as a result of a directive he gave which will delay the administration of the vaccine on those in the White House.
Taking to Twitter, Trump said he was “not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time.”
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the programme, unless specifically necessary.
“I have asked that this adjustment be made,” he wrote.
The news comes as the first shipments of the vaccine, set to arrive at 145 sites across the country on Monday, are expected to go to front-line medical workers and nursing home residents.