Watch: Biden receives COVID-19 booster shot

President Biden receives COVID-19 booster shot: This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff , | updated: 9:10 PM

Biden receives COVID-19 booster shot
Biden receives COVID-19 booster shot
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US President Joe Biden on Monday publicly received his COVID-19 booster shot.

"Like I did with my first and second COVID-19 vaccination shot, I'm about to get my booster shot and do it publicly. That's because the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, the CDC, looked at all the data, completed their review, and determined the boosters for the Pfizer vaccine -- others will come later, maybe, I assume -- but the Pfizer vaccine are safe and effective," Biden said before receiving the third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, according to ABC News.

"Now I know it doesn't look like it, but I am over 65 -- I wish -- I'm way over. And that's why I'm getting my booster shot today," he quipped.

Biden stressed that while booster shots are rolling out, baseline vaccinations are the priority.

"The bottom line is that you're fully vaccinated, and you're highly protected now from severe illness, even if you get COVID-19. You're safe and we're going to do everything we can to keep it that way, with the boosters. But let me be clear, boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," he said.

"The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Over 77% of adults have gotten at least one shot. About 23% haven't gotten any shots. And that, that distinct minority is causing an awful lot of us, a lot of damage for the rest of the country," he added.

"This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That's why I'm moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can," Biden stated.

Biden received both the first and second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on camera, in order to set an example for others to get vaccinated as well.

The President, 78, qualifies for a third shot under the new CDC guidance issued last week recommending booster shots to older Americans at least six months after their first series of shots.

Additionally, Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overruled the panel’s recommendation and said people at risk of COVID-19 infection because of their jobs should also be eligible for a booster.