At the age of 78, Biden qualified for the shot under CDC guidance, which was released last week.
President Joe Biden publicly received his COVID-19 booster on Monday afternoon as his government promotes new booster guidelines that have confused Americans as to when to get a third dose.
“As with my first and second COVID-19 vaccinations, I’m about to get my booster and make it public. That’s because the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, the CDC have looked at all of the data, completed their review, and determined the boosters for the Pfizer vaccine – others may come later, I suppose – but the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective, ”Biden began.
Making comments prior to receiving a third dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in the South Court Auditorium provided an opportunity for Biden to clear up some of that confusion.
He joked, “Now I know it doesn’t look like it, but I’m over 65 – I wish – I’m way over it. And that’s why I’m getting my booster vaccination today. “
The president already received his first dose of the vaccine on December 21, 2020 and his second dose on January 11, 2021. At the age of 78, Biden qualifies for a third vaccination under the new CDC guidelines issued last week and booster vaccinations recommend older Americans at least six months after their first series of shots.
In addition, the CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky last Friday overruled her agency’s independent advisory board by also adding a recommendation for a third dose for Americans ages 18 to 64 who are considered high risk for COVID-19 because of their job.
Biden reiterated the government’s message that primary immunizations will be a priority while booster vaccinations are being introduced.
“The bottom line is that you are fully vaccinated and now well protected from serious illnesses, even if you do contract COVID-19. You are safe and we will do everything we can to keep it that way.” , with the boosters. But let me make it clear that boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated, “he said.
“The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Over 77% of adults have had at least one injection. About 23% have not received any injections, harming the rest of the country, “he added.
“This is a pandemic for the unvaccinated. That’s why I make the vaccination compulsory wherever I can, ”said Biden.
When Biden walked over to get his shot, he went back to the podium twice to put his mask back on, in apparent imitation of CDC recommendations.
While receiving his booster, Biden answered a question about the World Health Organization’s rejection of the booster before some countries had the first round of vaccination.
“We help – we are more combined than any other nation in the world,” he said. “We will do our part.”
When asked about the coming week on Capitol Hill, Biden told reporters, “We have three things to do: the debt ceiling, the ongoing resolution, and the two laws. If we do that, the country will be in fine shape. “
When the general population will be eligible, Walensky said it will be reviewed every few weeks but did not offer the same optimism as the president last week.
“We evaluate this science in real time. We now meet every couple of weeks to evaluate the science. Science can very well show that the rest of the population needs to be replenished. And we will provide these guides as soon as we have the science to inform them, “she said.
The CDC’s new current policy does not apply to the administration of boosters to individuals originally vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots.