AOC, who often uses social media to demystify the inner workings of the U.S. government, walked followers through every step of the vaccination process in a series of Instagram Stories posted on Friday, December 18.
While wearing two masks, Ocasio-Cortez offered to answer any questions about the experience along the way, “I would never, ever ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself,” she wrote on Instagram on December 19, alongside a collection of her videos. “Yesterday, in accordance with national security protocols, Congress began to get vaccinated. I documented the entire process and am here to answer all of your questions to help you feel as comfortable as possible with your healthcare decisions.”
After filling out out a health questionnaire, Ocasio-Cortez was injected with her first dose of Pfizer’s FDA-approved vaccine. Like a total pro, she didn’t even wince. The congresswoman was given a card to keep track of her vaccinations and later recommended that everyone take a picture of their own cards on their phones, in case the physical copy gets lost. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose about 21 days later, and AOC promises to keep us all updated on how that goes.
Three hours later, the congresswoman wasn’t feeling any side effects or soreness and took time to answer some questions about the vaccine rollout plan, including the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna options (you can only use one provider) and whether or not you should get vaccinated if you’ve already had COVID (the answer to that one is YES).
“We do not know how long natural immunity lasts,” AOC replied to one user. “The vaccine can not only extend your immunity but also make your immunity stronger.” AOC also stressed the importance of wearing a mask, even after you’ve been vaccinated.
If you want to get all of the information and hear Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk about the experience for yourself, check out the Instagram slide show above as well as AOC’s highlight reel titled “Vaccine Q&A.”