Al Roker is protecting himself against COVID-19. During Tuesday’s episode of the Today show, the 66-year-old co-host received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine live on-air.
Roker qualifies for the vaccine due to his age, but it still wasn’t easy for him to get an appointment.
“All weekend long, I went on the New York state health.gov website and kept logging in and adding my information. Kept logging in, logging in, I finally hit pay dirt Sunday morning and I got assigned here to Lenox Hill Hospital,” he said. “That’s how I made it. But it was a constant [process]. I kept hitting refresh, refresh, refresh on the browser and finally got in.”
Roker described the appointment process as “luck of the draw,” noting that each facility distributing the vaccine only has “a certain number of appointments each day.” While Roker had a family connection that would’ve allowed him to get the vaccine without the hassle, he opted to wait his turn like everyone else.
“I’ve got a brother, Chris, who runs New York City Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan and he said, ‘Hey, you can come here!’ And I said, ‘I don’t want to jump the line. I want to do this officially and above board,'” Roker explained. “So I figured this was the best way… [My appointment] could’ve just as easily been in February or March, but I lucked out.”
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