Joe Biden, the President of the United States, received his booster coronavirus vaccine dose on Monday afternoon at the White House a few days after federal health officials approved booster shots. During his remarks before taking the dose, the president said that to combat the outbreak and save innocent lives, people need to take their shots. Once again, he requested Americans get these doses to save their lives and the people around them.
Biden, 78, received his initial two shots of the coronavirus vaccine before taking his oath in January. However, he qualified for a booster shot since he received his second Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over six months ago and stands in an eligible age group. On Monday afternoon, Biden said that first lady Jill Biden would also be getting a booster dose soon. Michael LaRosa, Jill press secretary, told CNN later Monday that she received her booster shot at the White House.
The COVID-19 booster shots will provide even more protection from COVID-19 for those who are at greater risk. That’s why today, I got my booster — and encourage everyone who’s eligible to do so as well. pic.twitter.com/XO4l3XxgLG
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 27, 2021
On Monday, the U.S. president joked how he is over the age of sixty-five, due to which he is eligible for the dose. Biden said he didn’t experience any side effects after receiving his first two coronavirus vaccine doses. He added that boosters are crucial, but the most important thing is to vaccinate more Americans. Additionally, he noted that Americans who received full vaccination are already highly protected from severe infection and urged more nationals who didn’t take their initial doses to do so as early as possible.
How many Americans still didn’t receive vaccination shots?
Biden said that a huge majority of the American nationals are following the right path. More than seventy-seven percent of adults received at least their first dose. However, around twenty-three percent of Americans still didn’t take any shot, the president added. He further called it the pandemic of the unvaccinated.
On Wednesday, Biden announced that he would be traveling to Chicago to clarify to people why it’s so necessary that more businesses are introducing and administering their own vaccine requirements. In addition, the Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, recommended booster shots for an extensive group of Americans – along with the older adults, those aged eighteen to sixty-four who are at higher risk of the virus infection because of their institutional settings or workplaces.
In addition, the endorsement of the health agency includes the recommendations from its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices when it voted to suggest booster shots for Americans age sixty-five and older and people of prolonging care facilities who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine shots at least six months ago. The committee also recommends Americans to take boosters with ages fifty to sixty-four with underlying medical conditions.
In the same way, the CDC approved the recommendations of the vaccine advisers that people ages eighteen to forty-nine with underlying health conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use approval for a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine in Americans sixty-five and older, people at high risk of severe illness, and Americans whose jobs put them at risk of infection.
The U.S. has Enough Supply to Vaccinate Every American
Last week, the U.S. president spoke about the next phase of his governance plan to fight the deadly pandemic and contain the most contagious delta variant after the CDC announced its booster dose recommendations. Biden stressed all of the guidance regarding booster doses was left to doctors and scientists to interrogate. Further, he said that the United States already has all the tools and vaccination shots to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Jeff Zients, the coronavirus response coordinator of the White House, said the United States gathered enough vaccine supply for every American to receive boosters. In addition, around twenty million Americans already hit the six-month mark, so they are eligible for the dose. He also said that the Biden government prioritized getting vaccine booster doses to the most vulnerable people – specifically workers and residents at long-term health care facilities – as early as possible.
Zients further said that eligible people in the U.S. would be able to receive a booster dose at approximately eighty thousand locations all over the country, including over forty thousand local pharmacies. The rollout of the vaccine boosters comes as the country set to raise the number of coronavirus vaccines it will donate to poorer countries starting in 2022 to fight the pandemic globally.
Last week, Biden announced the United States was acquiring a further five hundred million Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to donate to low-income nations worldwide. These additional vaccine doses bring the total number of the United States to more than 1.1 billion vaccines donated to other nations.