Biden receives updated COVID booster shot, urges Americans to do the same

President Biden on Tuesday urged Americans to hunt down updated COVID booster pictures, as he acquired his personal dose at a White House occasion.

Mr. Biden, who was joined by prime federal well being officers and the leaders of a few of nation’s largest pharmacy chains, additionally touted an array of latest efforts introduced by the corporations to speed up pictures and curb the virus. 

“We’re here with a simple message: get vaccinated. Update your COVID vaccine. It’s incredibly effective, but the truth is not enough people are getting it. We’ve got to change that so we can all have a safe and healthy holiday season,” the president stated.

President Biden Receives His Updated Covid-19 Booster Vaccine
President Joe Biden receives his updated COVID-19 booster at the White House on October 25, 2022.

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His remarks come as federal figures have tracked the tempo of latest pictures starting to stall nationwide, after weeks of accelerating.

CDC figures final week estimated that greater than 19 million Americans have gotten an updated COVID booster shot up to now. That works out to round 9% of the up to 226 million Americans who’re eligible for the boosters.

The updated boosters focusing on two subvariants of Omicron, that are the most dominant strains in the U.S., started rolling out in the fall. The Biden administration launched a brand new advert marketing campaign this month to promote the pictures. 

Early data testing the updated boosters towards the BA.5 variant, which haven’t but been peer-reviewed, recommend they produce at the very least comparable antibody responses to the unique formulation of the pictures. 

Every vaccinated American who’s at the very least 5 years previous is eligible to obtain an updated booster shot this fall, so long as their final shot of COVID vaccine was at the very least two months in the past. 

The president’s newest shot comes roughly three months after he examined constructive for the virus over the summer time. The CDC says Americans lately contaminated by the virus can wait three months after catching COVID-19 earlier than getting the booster. 

Mr. Biden additionally echoed a plea from White House COVID response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, who joined him for the remarks, urging Americans to get their coronavirus boosters and annual flu shot earlier than Halloween.

“Now is the time to do it. By Halloween, if you can, that’s the best time. And that way you can be protected for the holidays. And please, while you’re at it, get the flu shot,” the president stated.

As a part of the new efforts cited by Mr. Biden, Walgreens announced it would work with Uber and DoorDash to ship prescriptions of Paxlovid without cost for Americans dwelling in underserved communities. The president additionally referred to as on faculties and faculties to host at the very least one vaccination clinic by Thanksgiving and push employers to proceed providing paid time-off for his or her employees to get vaccinated.

“As a country, we have a choice to make. Can we repeat what happened in the past winters, more infections, more hospitalizations, more loved ones getting sick, even dying from the virus? Or can we have a much better winter, if we use all — all — the tools we have available to us,” stated Mr. Biden.

The federal authorities recently extended its paid depart insurance policies to accommodate federal employees and their households getting the updated COVID booster whereas on the clock.

The Department of Health and Human Services can even launch a vaccine tour on Wednesday designed to urge households to get the updated pictures, which is able to embrace pop-up vaccination occasions, in accordance to the White House. 

One pop-up clinic is predicted at the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in Arizona, which dovetails with the Biden administration’s efforts to goal areas with decrease vaccine uptake.

The division will roll out new nationwide and native tv, radio and print advertisements that purpose to attain Black and Latino audiences in additional than 30 markets, in addition to new soccer and nation music-themed advertisements to attain rural communities in 15 native markets. The Biden administration’s push additionally contains social and digital advertisements on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat and Reddit. 

President Biden additionally renewed his name for Congress to take up his long-stalled funding request for the COVID response. 

“Some of our friends in Congress say we don’t need COVID funding, or they say they say there’s really no reason that the government should be paying for it. I strongly disagree,” the president stated.

President Biden’s remarks earlier this year to “60 Minutes” that the COVID pandemic is “over” have been cited by Republicans over latest weeks in criticizing the White House’s ask for extra money to fight the virus.

Mr. Biden stated Tuesday that COVID remained a “global health emergency.”

“If you really want to put COVID behind us, we have to keep up the fight together. We can’t leave people to face it alone,” Mr. Biden added.

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