President Joe Biden, 79, will receive his second COVID-19 booster shot Wednesday afternoon after the Food and Drug Administration approved a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for Americans over age 50.
On Tuesday, the FDA announced it had authorized another round of shots for the 50-plus, along with saying that immunocompromised individuals over 12 could get a fourth Pfizer dose and those 18 and older were eligible for a fourth Moderna shot.
Biden received his original Pfizer booster shot in late September, rolling up his sleeve in front of reporters at the White House complex’s South Court Auditorium.
President Joe Biden, 79, will receive his second COVID-19 booster shot Wednesday afternoon after the Food and Drug Administration approved a fourth dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for Americans over age 50
Biden received his original Pfizer booster shot in late September, rolling up his sleeve in front of reporters at the White House complex’s South Court Auditorium
A second booster is to be given out four months after the first.
He’ll receive his fourth dose of vaccine at the same venue Wedesnday – after delivering to the nation a COVID update.
Biden has been getting tested for COVID-19 more frequently due to last week’s overseas travel to Belgium and Poland.
At the same time, several high profile members of his staff have recently tested positive for the virus.
Press secretary Jen Psaki announced she tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on March 22, getting tested so she could go abroad with her boss.
Then, principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tested positive on March 27, after returning from Europe.
Second gentleman Doug Emhoff tested positive for COVID on March 15.
He was back attending events at the White House Tuesday, seated in the Rose Garden for the signing of the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act of 2022.
Then President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on December 21, 2020, just weeks after it was approved
Then President-elect Joe Biden received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccice on January 11, 2021 – nine days before being sworn-in as president. He got the shot at a hospital in Newark, Delaware
On Tuesday, communications director Kate Bedingfield gave the White House press briefing, with Psaki and Jean-Pierre both out.
Bedingfield told reporters the decision for Biden to receive a second COVID booster would come from consultation with his doctor.
‘I will check on the Vice President. I don’t know,’ she added.
Vice President Kamala Harris is 57.
Bedingfield also called the FDA’s approval of a fourth jab a ‘good thing’ and a ‘straightforward thing.’
‘The CDC and the FDA are now allowing and will make available booster shots – a fourth shot – for people over 50, for the – and for the immunocompromised,’ she said. ‘This is – we have plenty of supply to ensure that those populations can receive these shots.’
She also used the opportunity to make a plea to Congress to approve additional COVID-related funds.
‘But what I would say is that if it – at some point, it becomes recommended that the full – the full population requires a fourth shot, we’re going to need additional funding,’ she added. ‘We’re going to need the additional funding we’ve requested of Congress to be able to provide – to provide those shots for the broader population.’