WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, released the following video message after receiving the first of two injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
In the video message, Guthrie said the following:
"I’m Congressman Brett Guthrie. I’m on the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, the ranking member. I had responsibility for the legislative oversight of the development of the vaccines, so I’ve been following these vaccines since the inception of Operation Warp Speed (OWS). I wanted to say that I took the vaccine today. I took it for the purpose of illustrating that I find it extremely safe, extremely effective, and I have no concerns about taking the vaccine. Always talk with your health care provider who provides it for you, but the vaccine is safe and effective. I’m willing to take it, and I encourage everybody to take the vaccine when it becomes available because we need to make sure that we beat this coronavirus."
The Office of the Attending Physician received Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses and strongly recommended the vaccine. While Guthrie has oversight of federal health agencies and COVID-19 vaccine development, this distribution to Congress was not his decision.