Jimmy Kimmel Says Mike Pence Doesn't Deserve COVID Vaccine

Jimmy Kimmel has lashed out at Mike Pence, saying the vice president doesn't deserve the COVID-19 vaccine in a scathing rant.

The late-night host made his comments in his Thursday night monologue ahead of Pence receiving the vaccine Friday morning to huge media fanfare.

"Speaking of cold, white stuff," the host said, "Mike Pence is expected to get his first of two Pfizer shots tomorrow." Kimmel suggested that Pence and his wife Karen were getting the jab on live television to "show that the vaccine is safe."

"I guess the thinking is, if it's good enough for America's First Karen, it should be good enough for the rest of them too," he mocked. "But this is exciting for Mike Pence, getting vaccinated is the only time mother ever does shots with him."

Then Kimmel went on to say that Pence is not deserving of the vaccine and referenced an op-ed that he wrote as the head of the White House COVID Task Force in June, downplaying the second wave of the pandemic.

The piece, published in The Wall Street Journal, was titled "There Isn't a Coronavirus 'Second Wave." In it, Pence blamed the media for causing "panic" about the virus.

"We've slowed the spread, we've cared for the most vulnerable, we've saved lives, and we've created a solid foundation for whatever challenges we may face in the future," Pence wrote at the time.

The U.S. reported all-time highs for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on Thursday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Some 242,000 cases were reported, and 114,000 people were hospitalized.

"So maybe save that dose for someone else," Kimmel said of Pence's dose of the vaccine. "The only cure Mike Pence should get right now is a bottle of Clorox and a heat lamp."

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives a COVID-19 vaccine to promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine at the White House on December, 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Pence and the second lady got their vaccines alongside Surgeon General Jerome Adams at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House today (December 18).

"Didn't feel a thing. Well done and we appreciate your service to the country," Pence said after getting his shot.

"We are gathered here today at the end of a historic week to affirm to the American people that hope is on the way," Pence told the media. "Karen and I were more than happy to step forward before this week was out to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine."

He added: "Karen and I wanted to step forward and take this vaccine to assure the American people that while we cut red tape, we cut no corners."