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Sen. Ernst receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-20 19:20:03-05

WASHINGTON (KMTV) — Sen. Joni Ernst has received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Ernst, Iowa's junior senator since 2015, tweeted a photo of the vaccine being administered to her on Sunday.

"I encourage all Iowans and Americans to do the same when their time comes. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the tireless work of Americans across the country, we are one step closer to defeating this virus," Ernst said.

The vaccine is expected to be available to the general public sometime in 2021. People will need two shots of the vaccine taken a few weeks apart.

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In the meantime, Ernst says it's "important that we continue to wear a mask, social distance, and follow CDC guidelines to protect our families, friends, and neighbors."

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, are expected to receive their first doses of the vaccine on Monday.

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