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Al Roker gets COVID-19 vaccine live on 'TODAY'

The "TODAY" weatherman qualified to get the vaccine in New York because he's over 65 years old.
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Al Roker arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

NEW YORK — Al Roker is one step closer to being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The "TODAY" weatherman received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Tuesday, Jan. 19 live on air at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

According to the New York State Department of Health, Roker qualified to get the vaccine in New York because he's over 65 years old (born Aug. 20, 1954).

Roker said he continually logged in to the New York State Department of Health's website over the weekend in hopes of securing a vaccination appointment.

He also explained how he didn't want to jump the line when his brother suggested coming to his hospital, but he decided to register officially like everyone else.

Before getting the vaccine, Roker asked Lenox Hill medical director Dr. Daniel Baker a series of questions, including the necessity to wear masks after being vaccinated and the uncertainty of spreading the virus after being fully vaccinated.

"As with most diseases, when you get some immunity, we're hoping you wouldn't then be able to then transmit it," Baker said on "TODAY." "We'll have a little bit more information coming."

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