CDC said 25% of eligible Americans had not received any doses
WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – “I’m over 65,” President Joe Biden said with a laugh, as he publicly received his COVID-19 reminder on Monday morning.
Biden, 78, rolled up his sleeve for the encore. He is one of the millions of Americans now eligible for the additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Anyone 65 years of age or older or with underlying health risks is eligible, as well as those in high-risk jobs like first responders, healthcare workers, and grocery store workers – as long as that. been over 6 months since their second Pfizer vaccine.
But Biden said there’s something more important than booster shots, and it convinces the unvaccinated to get the shot initially.
The CDC said 25% of eligible Americans had not received any doses.
“We know that in order to beat this pandemic and save lives, to keep our children safe, our open schools, our economy, we need to get people vaccinated,” Biden said in remarks before receiving the booster.
Unvaccinated Americans put others at risk, the president said. “This is why I am moving forward with immunization requirements wherever I can. “
However, there is still no date when Biden’s vaccine mandate for employees of large companies will take effect.
“We knew it would take a little while, given that there are some very understandable and good questions from the business world,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “We want to make sure there is clarity when they are setting the rules.”
When it takes effect, Republicans – including a group of 24 state attorneys general – threaten to sue the administration.