This past Monday, President Joe Biden, aged 78, was administered his booster shot against the COVID-19 virus at the White House. This took place just a few days after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put forth the recommendation that seniors who had gotten the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than six months ago should make sure to go out to get them.
The President’s booster dose crops up after the CDC officially endorsed the Pfizer booster shots for people over the age of 65 and those who are in long-term care, along with people who are between 50-64 that have an underlying medical condition. The booster endorsement from the CDC does not seem to cover those who have received the Moderna or JOhnson & johnson vaccine shots.
“I know it doesn’t look like it, but I am over 65 — I wish I — way over, and that’s why I’m getting my booster shot today,” stated Biden. “The bottom line is if you’re fully vaccinated, you’re highly protected now from severe illness, even if you get COVID-19. You’re safe, and we’re going to do everything we can to keep it that way with the boosters.”
On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), aged 79, also put forth that he had gotten his COVID-19 booster shot, which is something he called “an easy decision,” going on to note that he had survived childhood polio before the vaccine for the disease was readily available. “All Americans should speak with their doctors and get vaccinated,” he stated.
As part of his appearance, Biden gave his thoughts about the idea that the booster for the other various COVID-19 vaccines, such as the Moderna vaccine, would be available at a later date. He stated that he did not have any side effects in the wake of his first or second dose of the shot, which he was administered back in December and January.
The decision from the CDC crops up after Biden publicly talked about the fact that many Americans would have the chance to get their COVID-19 boosters starting the week of September 20th, but the plan seems to be contingent on the receipt of approval of the CDC and health regulators.
The White House was informed later that there would most likely not be enough pertinent data to allow the bodies to make that determination, due to, for the most part, lagging data.
It is currently unclear as to whether Vice President Kamala Harris, aged 56, will also be given a booster shot as she currently does not qualify for it given the displayed guidelines. The CDC guidelines, however, state that those who are between the ages of 18 and 64 “who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting” may get a COVID-19 booster shot “based on their individual benefits and risks.”