Sep 15, 2022 - Health

Exclusive: Second gentleman Doug Emhoff to get updated COVID shot on Friday

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Second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Photo: Jason Connolly/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff will receive his updated Omicron-specific COVID vaccine on Friday, according to a White House official.

Driving the news: Emhoff will be the first of the four White House principals — the president, vice president, first lady and second gentleman — to receive the updated shot.

State of play: Emhoff will receive the shot at a Washington, D.C., Health COVID Center on Friday morning. He will be joined by White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha, who will also be getting vaccinated.

  • Emhoff has traveled to several states and visited over 20 vaccination clinics across the U.S. to amplify the administration's call for the American people to get vaccinated.
  • The second gentleman will continue to meet with vulnerable populations in an effort to increase vaccination rates, per a White House official.

The big picture: Back in July, the Biden administration announced plans to begin offering the new Omicron-specific vaccine starting in September.

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