United States President Joe Biden received a COVID-19 booster shot on Sept. 27 afternoon at the White House on live television and encourage others to get vaccinated.
The 78-year-old president is eligible for the Pfizer booster shot because he is over 65 years old and it has been over six months since he received his second Pfizer shot, in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” Biden said in remarks ahead of his shot.
“About 23% haven’t gotten any shots, and that distinct minority is causing an awful lot of us an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That’s why I’m moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can,” Biden further said.
Biden said that he will travel to Chicago on Sept. 29 to talk about the importance of businesses instituting their own vaccine requirements.
Biden urged the public to get vaccinated, saying that “it can save your life. It can save the lives of those around you.”
Biden also said that first lady Jill Biden would also get the booster shot.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky authorized on Sept. 24 the distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to older Americans, those with underlying medical conditions, and those in high-risk occupational settings — all of whom should have completed their primary two-dose series at least six months ago.
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