Biden receives COVID vaccine booster shot
Published : Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 at 3:03 PM Count : 499
US President Joe Biden has got a third Pfizer dose in line with the recently approved health guidance, which allows boosters for those 65 or older.
He rolled up his shirt sleeve and received a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday that a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions goes without their first, reports AFP and Reuters.
Joe Biden, 78, holds up his sleeve to receive his coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccination in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, according to Reuters.
Biden got his first shot on December 21 and his second dose three weeks later, on January 11, along with his wife, Jill Biden.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week backed an additional dose of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions and adults in high-risk working and institutional settings.
"Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," he said, noting that about 23% of people in the United States have not received a shot, according to Reuter.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also received a booster shot on Monday. “All Americans should speak with their doctors and get vaccinated," he said.
In getting the booster, Biden dismissed criticism that the United States should distribute more vaccines worldwide before allowing boosters at home.
"We are helping. We are doing more than every other nation in the world combined," he said.
While scientists are divided over the need for booster shots when so many people in the United States and other countries remain unvaccinated, Biden announced the push in August as part of an effort to shore up protection against the highly transmissible Delta variant.Only people who received their last dose of Pfizer's shot at least six months ago are eligible for another shot now, U.S. regulators said. The FDA has not yet considered Moderna's (MRNA.O) application for boosters and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) has not yet applied for one, reports Reuters.
U.S. officials have cited a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" that state, local and federal officials as well as private employers have tried to counter with mandates to get the shots or, in some cases, face repeated testing.
Experts continue to push vaccines as largely regional outbreaks of the virus across the United States continue to stress health care systems, which could be further exacerbated by exhausted nurses or doctors or by staff who refuse the shots.
At least 2.66 million Americans have received booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine since mid-August, according to the CDC. About 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Pfizer shot.
US regulators recommend getting the boosters at least six months after the second shot of the initial two-dose series.