Trump, who had continuously played down the threat of the coronavirus, had not previously disclosed that he had received the vaccine.
Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump quietly received coronavirus shots at the White House in January, according to US media citing a Trump adviser.
White House officials previously said that Trump, who was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus in October, would receive the vaccine after stopping receiving treatment for the infection.
The White House never announced that Trump had been vaccinated until reports were released late Monday. It was in stark contrast to former Trump vice president Mike Pence and President Joe Biden, who publicly received the vaccine.
It was not immediately clear why Trump and his wife had not publicly disclosed that they had received the vaccine.
Trump, as president, had on several occasions minimized the severity of the pandemic and the precautions criticized. He continuously staged large rallies during his failed run for a second term and he and his staff largely resisted social distancing and wearing masks.
The former president, however, appeared to take a different tone in his first speech since leaving, urging supporters of the Conservative Political Action Committee on Sunday: “Everyone should go get their chance.”
Trump has also sought to take credit for the availability of vaccines as a result of his Operation Warp Speed program.
The Biden administration criticized the program for not properly coordinating distribution within states. In the first few weeks of Biden’s administration, only about half of the vaccines distributed had been administered.
This gap has gradually closed, with 76.8 million vaccines administered out of the 96.4 million vaccines distributed.
“It was us. We did it. And the distribution is moving forward, according to our plan, ”Trump said.
“It’s going really well,” he said.
Johnson & Johnson began distributing its vaccine on Monday, the third to be approved for emergency use in the United States. This comes as cases have started to start again. ascend in the United States, which is hardest hit in terms of infections and deaths of any country in the world.
To date, 28.6 million cases have been confirmed in the United States, with more than 514,000 deaths according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.