President Joe Biden received a coronavirus booster shot on live television on Monday while urging those not yet vaccinated to “please get vaccinated”. It could save your life.
Biden received his third dose of the Pfizer vaccine just days after the drugmaker obtained Food and Drug Administration approval for recalls for people 65 years of age or older, people with health conditions under -jacent or those at increased risk of COVID-19 due to a work environment.
“I know it doesn’t sound like it, but I’m over 65,” joked Biden, who is 78, just before receiving the blow in his left arm.
The president received his first vaccine on December 21 and his second on January 11. First Lady Jill Biden received her second vaccine at the same time, but did not attend Monday’s televised event. Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, received the Moderna vaccine, which has yet to gain FDA approval for booster shots.
Biden, when asked by a reporter about his wife’s absence, said the first lady planned to receive a booster, but was busy teaching at Monday’s event.
Data released by Pfizer last week shows its two-dose vaccination schedule remains highly effective in preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, with protection against symptomatic cases dropping from 96% to 84% after six months . A booster injection restores the vaccine’s effectiveness to about 95%, the drugmaker said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75% of the U.S. population aged 12 and over received at least one dose of the vaccine on Sunday, and nearly 65% were fully immunized.
Pfizer announced last week that clinical trials have shown its vaccine to work for children aged 5 to 11, and said it will seek US clearance for this age group by the end of it. of the month. U.S. regulators have yet to approve any vaccines for children under 12.
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