A Democrat, who occupies the Oval Office, shared footage of himself being immunized against the deadly disease on Sept. 27.
Joe Biden circulated a video of the moment he received Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 booster shot. The president claimed there was minimal danger or risk in taking the third jab.
“I got my COVID-19 booster shot and, just like my first and second dose, it was safe and easy,” he said on Twitter. “Get vaccinated. Together, can we save lives and beat this virus.”
The Democrat put his mask on and sat down in the South Court Auditorium. He rolled up one sleeve and was quickly administered the booster shot. All of this happened while he casually answered questions from reporters.
“We have plenty, plenty of opportunities to make sure we get everyone in the world–to play our part–the largest part in the world of getting everyone vaccinated,” he said in a statement.
Today I got my COVID-19 booster shot—and just like my first and second dose, it was safe and easy.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 27, 2021
Get vaccinated. Together, can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/gtNAQqmOoj
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the third dose for people aged 65 and older, at least six months after their previous inoculation.
ABC News reported the 78 year-old had his second vaccine shot on Jan. 11.
“Let me be clear, boosters are important but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” he said in the statement. “We need to get folks vaccinated, so please do the right thing, please get the shots–it can save your life, it can save the lives of those around you.”
Two vaccine doses are promised to reduce severe illnesses and risk of death in breakthrough cases. The third shot was offered after reports suggested vaccine effectiveness can wear off over time.
Both the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made different statements about the booster shot. The FDA panel ultimately decided not to make the shot available for all eligible recipients.
Panel members voted against a widespread rollout due to the risk of severe side-effects among youth, and adequate protection from the first two shots.
The Biden administration is still trying to entice more Americans to be immunized against COVID-19. This includes a door-to-door information campaign and more aggressive mandates.
Some Americans do not wish to be vaccinated out of concern for side-effects, religious beliefs and more.
Despite widespread privacy concerns, Biden revealed the pandemic’s dangers justify more controversial vaccine mandates.
“About 23 percent [of Americans] have not gotten any shots,” he said in the statement. “That distinct minority is causing an awful lot of us an awful lot damage for the rest of the country.”
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That is why I am moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can,” he added.