President Joe Biden, 79, received the second booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine against covid-19 on Wednesday, one day after the US health regulator authorized it for people over 50 years of age.
After giving a speech at the White House on the state of the pandemic, the president sat in a chair next to the presidential lectern, rolled up his left shirt sleeve and was vaccinated by a nurse, while journalists pelted him with questions about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Biden, who got his first brace six months ago, said the prick didn’t “hurt a bit . “
Minutes before getting vaccinated, Biden announced the launch of a web page where citizens can search for places to get vaccinated, take tests for covid and buy quality masks, and asked the population to apply booster doses.
“The reinforcements are vital to have an additional level of protection. That is why today I apply the second reinforcement dose. If you have not received the first reinforcement, please do not wait. Do it today ,” said the president.
In addition, he urged Congress to approve his budget project to guarantee that the Government can continue to acquire vaccines and medicines against covid-19.
“Congress, we need additional funding now. We can’t wait until we’re in the middle of another wave to act. It will be too late,” he said.
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized this Tuesday the second booster dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna covid-19 vaccines for those over 50 years of age and some immunosuppressed.
The second booster shot can start four months after the first.
The president, who applied the first booster six months ago, was vaccinated by a nurse at the White House after giving a speech to the press about the state of the pandemic in the country.
The United States began applying the first booster doses in September of last year for people at higher risk, and currently everyone over 12 years of age who has completed their vaccination schedule can receive it.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 65.5% of the US population has completed the vaccination schedule, and 44.8% of them have received their first booster dose. ).
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic in absolute numbers, with 80 million infections and 944,000 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.