WASHINGTON (NBC News) - President Biden got his COVID-19 booster shot Monday.
A week ago, the FDA gave Pfizer emergency use authorization of their booster dose for people 65 and older including people at high-risk of severe disease and frontline workers.
The president is urging eligible people to get their boosters as soon as they can, while still asking Americans to get their first shots. The White House says it has enough supply for every eligible Americans to receive the Pfizer booster.
Twenty million Americans are eligible for the booster, after reaching the six-month mark following their second dose.
"The bottom line is you're fully vaccinated and 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 let me be clear. Boosters are important but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," said Biden.
The boosters come at a time when the U.S. is gearing up to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines it will distribute to foreign countries at the start of next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will receive his COVID-19 booster shot on Monday, days after federal regulators recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans age 65 or older and approved them for others with preexisting medical conditions and high-risk work environments.
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The White House said Biden, 78, would deliver remarks and receive the additional dose at 1 p.m. Monday.
Biden got his first shot on Dec. 21 and his second dose three weeks later, on Jan. 11, along with his wife, Jill Biden. It was not immediately clear whether the first lady, who’s 70, would also receive the booster dose on Monday.
Speaking on Friday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer booster, Biden told reporters, “I’ll be getting my booster shot. It’s hard to acknowledge I’m over 65, but I’ll be getting my booster shot."