Biden receives 1st dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Plus, health care workers are receiving the first doses of Moderna's vaccine as many hospitals remain overcrowded and in crisis.
2:53 | 12/22/20

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All right, gio, thank you. That's one of the many things we'll talk to Dr. Fauci about in a few minutes. How about a double shot of hope now. Injections of the modern vaccine now under way while many are still getting first doses of the pfizer vaccine including President-Elect Joe Biden who got his on live TV hoping to boost his immunity and boost public confidence, this as hospitalizations hit a new high. More than 115,000 across the country and our Kaylee Hartung is at a very hard hit hospital in L.A. Good morning to you, Kaylee. Reporter: And good morning, T.J. Inside Providence St. John's here the head of the icu tells me it looks like an absolute war zone. Hospital beds are lining the hallways with patients. This tent has been set up to help triage patient, give them more space to do it yet this hospital says it's in better shape than most. This morning a second shot of much needed hope. Health care workers getting the first doses of the modern vaccine. This critical care doctor in Houston hasn't had a day off in nearly 300 days. Now getting his first of two doses. When I opened the box it's like opening a present. It was literally like having a baby. Reporter: President-Elect Biden receiving pfizer's vaccine with cameras rolling aiming to reassure the public that the shot is safe. I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it's available to take the vaccine. There's nothing to worry about. Reporter: With the hold fast approaching the pandemic continues to devastate coast to coast. California now in crisis. We have a surges upon a surge. If people interact with other people over the upcoming Christmas holiday and new we're holiday then we really risk getting lace where the hospital systems are completely overwhelmed. Reporter: The situation in Los Angeles county dire. L.A. Reporting over 11,000 new cases. And more than 5700 hospitalized. The highest daily number since the start of the pandemic. Right now my icu looks like an absolute war zone. My icu is over capacity with covid patients right now and we just don't -- there's no end in sight. Reporter: Dr. Hammond runs the icu at Providence st.john's and got the vaccine this week but warns there is a long road ahead. The vaccine will eventually get us out of the pandemic but it's not going to get us out of this cycle of death. Social distancing works. You know, trying to stay home as much as possible works. We've got to contain the spread first and then let the vaccine do the rest. Reporter: And Dr. Hammond tells me it's getting worse and worse every day. So her concern, she stresses if people don't act responsibly over the holidays, it will be the worst case scenario. They could run out of staff and resources to .

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