President Obama Will Wait in Line for the Swine Flu Shot


president-barack-obamaThe first batches of swine flu vaccinations should be rolling out in about two weeks, but President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama won’t be among the first to be vaccinated.  Instead, they’ll wait until priority groups are immunized first.

“Here’s what I guarantee you,” Obama told CNN correspondant John King in an interview, “We want to get vaccinated. We think it’s the right thing to do. We will stand in line like everybody else. And when folks say it’s our turn, that’s when we’ll get it.”

Those priority groups include pregnant women, health care workers, children, and adults with underlying conditions.  Noting that he suspects he “may come fairly far down the line,” Obama said that his children would likely get the shot before he does, because of their young age.

It’s a reassuring sign that there’s no rush to vaccinate the First Family.  Does the fact that the Obamas are committed to getting the swine flu vaccine affect your decision to immunize your family?

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