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President Trump tweeted Sunday night that he was reversing a directive that would have given top administration officials coronavirus vaccinations during a time when public vaccinations are limited to healthcare workers and nursing home residents.
“People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,” Trump tweeted late Sunday night. “I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!”
The New York Times first reported the plan to vaccinate some White House officials. It was not clear who in the administration would have gotten vaccinated.
At first, the administration defended the plan to vaccinate people working in the White House, though the CDC has advised that frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term health care facilities be the first to get the vaccine.
“Senior officials across all three branches of government will receive vaccinations pursuant to continuity of government protocols established in executive policy,” John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement before Trump’s reversal, according to the New York Times. “The American people should have confidence th