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Capito, Manchin receive 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s two U.S. senators say they have both received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito tweeted a photo Friday of her vaccination. She said the shot was “quick, painless, and most importantly, it was safe.” She tweeted Saturday that her arm is a little tender, similar to after a flu shot, but otherwise, she is experiencing no problems.

In a news release, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he received the shot on Saturday morning and is feeling well. He also tweeted out footage of his vaccination, saying, “I didn’t feel a thing! This vaccine is safe & effective.”

Both said they had the vaccination in accordance with guidance from the Capitol’s Office of the Attending Physician.

The vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech requires two doses several weeks apart from the same company as the first shot, as does the Moderna vaccine granted emergency use authorization Friday by the Food and Drug Administration.