US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he aims at receiving a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine a day after public health officials came to a positive conclusion of getting the booster shot.
It took several weeks for the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to come up with a decision to give full approval for certain groups of Americans to receive a third jab. Numerous debates and votes by health officials haven't gone for nothing, thus those over the age of 65, and people who are at a high risk of being infected with COVID-19 due to their jobs may now get vaccinated for the third time.
Joe Biden, 78, is in this category.
“I’ll be getting my booster shot,” Biden said in his speech over COVID-19 at the White House.
“It’s hard to acknowledge I’m over 65, but I’ll be getting my booster shot,” the US President added.
Biden didn’t announce the date he would get a third jab, but he insisted on doing it.
“I’m not sure exactly when I’m going to do it, as soon as I can get it done.”
Biden, who has recevied the second dose of Pfizer on January 11, also called upon Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
“My message today is this: If you’ve got the Pfizer vaccine, you got the Pfizer vaccine in January, February or March of this year, and you’re over 65 years of age, go get the booster,” Biden said. “Or if you have a medical condition like diabetes, or you’re a frontline worker like a healthcare worker or teacher, you can get a free booster now.”
According to the statistics issued by the CDC, 212,86 million of Americans have been vaccinated at least once, which is 64,1% of the population, while 182,96, 55,1% are fully vaccinated.