Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot on Monday as part of a wider public campaign to promote vaccines with the intent of stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“While it may not appear so, I am over 65 years old. And that is why I am receiving my booster shot today,” Biden, 78, stated before getting his Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at the White House before reporters and photographers.
Biden’s third shot comes only a week after health officials authorized booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccine for Americans over 65, those with some underlying health conditions, and residents of long-term care institutions. Further, the government made boosters available to adult workers at high risk of catching the virus. Americans who are eligible for the third shot must wait at least six months following the second.
Biden stated that he had no adverse reactions to the first and second shots in the winter. As with Monday’s booster, Biden got his previous injections before reporters to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Jill Biden, the first lady, is expected to receive a booster shortly, the president stated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of vaccinated Americans got Pfizer shots. Federal authorities have not approved either Moderna or Johnson & Johnson boosters.
Those “may come later, I’m assuming,” Biden stated.
Biden stated that booster shots are necessary, but the primary objective should be to increase vaccination rates.
The Biden administration has grown more frustrated that, despite the widespread availability of lifesaving vaccines, the pandemic has not yet abated, even more so now that the more contagious Delta strain has swept throughout much of the country.
Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot on the camera to inspire Americans.
According to federal statistics, approximately 77% of eligible Americans have received at least one vaccine shot, with about 65% deemed wholly vaccinated. Around 23% had not received any shots, and “that small minority is wreaking havoc on the rest of the country,” Biden stated.
“This is an unvaccinated pandemic,” Biden asserted. “We understand that to defeat this pandemic and preserve lives, as well as to keep our children safe, schools open, and our economy running, we must vaccinate everyone.”
“So, go on then, do the right thing,” Biden said. “I’d appreciate it if you could get the shot. It may well be the difference between life and death. It has the potential to save your friends’ and family’s lives.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Monday that he received the third shot as well, writing that he “followed the advice of experts and my doctors and received a booster.”
“Ample data demonstrates that these shots are both safe and effective,” the Kentucky senator stated. “I continue to urge all Americans to consult their doctors and get the shots.”
Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot amid reports that a panel of the FDA has rejected plans to make the booster shot accessible to most Americans.
Earlier in the month, the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory group rejected a proposal to make booster shots available to most Americans. Experts have cautioned against administering a third dose to healthy persons, stating that it is unclear how it will significantly limit the spread of the fatal virus.
Experts have asked Biden to prioritize global vaccination in the world to avert the emergence of new, potentially more lethal strains. According to the World Health Organization, more than 70% of the 5.7 billion vaccination doses administered worldwide have gone to only ten countries.
“We will do our part,” Biden told reporters Monday in response to a question about the global need for increased vaccinations.
According to experts, Biden vowed to supply more than 1 billion doses to other countries by next fall, a fraction of the amount needed to protect the world. Biden previously stated that his administration is assisting other countries in expanding their manufacturing capability.
Pfizer’s two-shot vaccine for youngsters aged 5 to 11 is expected to be approved by authorities in the coming months.