U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, received her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, according to a news release.
Congressional members are some of the first people eligible to receive the vaccine under continuity of government requirements.
Axne said she was not able to “resdesignate” her dose for a frontline worker or at-risk Iowan.
“Today, I received the first of two rounds of vaccination to demonstrate to Iowans that this shot is safe — and to set an example by following the advice of my doctor,” Axne said in a statement. “When your doctor tells you to schedule this vaccination, you should do so. While it was impossible for me to redesignate my dose for any frontline worker or at-risk individual in Iowa, my top priority in 2021 is ensuring that doses are distributed as quickly and equitably as possible until we have defended everyone from this devastating disease.”
She will receive her second dose in three weeks.