Washington: US President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first.
In getting the booster on Monday, local time, he dismissed criticism that the United States should distribute more vaccines worldwide before allowing boosters at home.
“We are going to do our part,” he said.
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week backed an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions and adults in high-risk working and institutional settings.
Biden, 78, said his wife Jill would also get a booster shot soon.
While scientists are divided over the need for booster shots when so many people in the United States and other countries remain unvaccinated, Biden announced the push in August as part of an effort to shore up protection against the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Only people who received their last dose of Pfizer’s shot at least six months ago are eligible for another dose now, US regulators said. The FDA has not yet considered Moderna’s approval application for boosters and Johnson & Johnson has not yet applied for one.