December 19, 2020, Washington, D.C.-- Statement from Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) after receiving first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine: 

“Upon medical advice, I received a coronavirus vaccine this morning,” said Congresswoman Clark. “A vaccine has been made available to Congress because of the need for continuity of government operations. While I am no more deserving of the vaccine than anyone else, I want to demonstrate that coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective. By taking the vaccine, we are not only protecting ourselves, but everyone around us. I ask everyone to please take a vaccine as soon as they can. This is how we end the pandemic and the suffering it continues to cause.

“I remain in Washington fighting for a COVID-19 relief package that will not only include funding for the efficient distribution of the vaccine, but emergency aid to Americans who are hungry, facing eviction, and don’t know when their next paycheck may come. Our work is not over until every American is healthy and protected from this virus and is able to provide for their families.”

“In the meantime, as the vaccine is being distributed, we must continue to wear masks, social distance, avoid large gatherings, and follow the science based guidance that we keep the virus from spreading further.”