Former President Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, quietly received coronavirus vaccinations in January before leaving the White House, an adviser said on Monday.
The news came a day after Mr. Trump appeared at CPAC’s policy conference in Orlando, Florida, where, for the first time, he encouraged people to get vaccinated.
“Everyone should go and get their shot,” Trump said during the speech. When The Times asked an adviser to the former president if he had received his, the response was that he had it, in private, a month earlier.
Mr Trump’s covert approach came as a number of his supporters expressed resistance to the vaccine and other officials tried to lead by example by getting vaccinated in public.
President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Vice President Mike Pence received vaccines in front of television cameras.
Mr Trump’s concern with the vaccine was generally whether he was getting credit for its development while he was president. He never publicly encouraged people to take him while he was in office; the first vaccines were approved shortly after election day.
The adviser did not say whether Mr Trump received both his first and second shots of the vaccine in January, or whether the second took place at another time.
Mr. and Mrs. Trump were both infected with the coronavirus in the fall, and the former president was hospitalized with a serious case.