Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will get a COVID-19 vaccine “in the coming days,” he announced Thursday.
The 78-year-old Kentucky Republican cited his role in the continuity of government, which he said qualified him to be among the first in Congress, and the nation, to get vaccinated.
“Because of government continuity requirements, I have been informed by the Office of the Attending Physician that I am eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, which I will accept in the coming days,” McConnell said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is 80, has not indicated when she will get the vaccine.
Pelosi is second in line to the president.
McConnell said he’ll continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for mask-wearing, social distancing, and other precautions even after he receives the shot.
“I would strongly encourage everyone to continue following these important guidelines,” McConnell said. “It is the only way we will defeat COVID-19 once and for all.”
Congressional leaders have not announced a formal plan to vaccinate members, who regularly fly to and from Washington, D.C., and congregate in the chambers.