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US President Joe Biden receives booster shot against COVID-19

10:44, 28 September 2021
US President Joe Biden receives booster shot against COVID-19 Photo: Adam Schultz/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

US President Joe Biden received a third shot against COVID-19 on Monday and urged Americans again to go get a vaccine to avoid further spread of deadly contagion, which led to thousands of fatalities in the country.

The inoculation process took place at White House when Joe Biden rolled up his left sleeve and got a third jab of the Pfizer vaccine, which was recently approved for those eligible who are at a high risk of being infected, including people above 65.

“I know it doesn't look like it, but I am over 65,” Biden, who is 78, joked.

Eligible for boosters are adults with high-risk medical conditions and a group of people who might be likely exposed to the virus at their jobs.

The US President emphasized that those, who still haven't received a first jab fuel the surge of the Delta variant. The President added that 77% of people who have been vaccinated at least once is not enough as a quarter of people still refuse to do it.

Biden received his first jab in the late last year and the second shot at the beginning of the current year, in January.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel, 79, announced Monday that he also received a booster shot, and called on eligible Americans to follow him in getting a jab.

The WHO is against a widespread rollout of booster shots because there are still many countries with extremely low rates of vaccinations, and these countries are in urgent need to have vaccines against highly contagious COVID-19.