(MENAFN) On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden took his fifth Covid-19 vaccination injection and advised Americans to do the same. While the president advocates for a yearly immunization schedule, fewer than 10% of the eligible population has received the most recent omicron-specific vaccine.
“Get vaccinated,” Biden stated at a White House event. “It’s incredibly effective, but the truth is, not enough people are getting it. We’ve got to change that so we all can have a safe and healthy holiday season.”
Biden, who contracted Covid-19 this summer despite having gotten four vaccination doses, then pulled up his sleeve and took his fifth shot - this time of Pfizer's omicron-specific bivalent booster - on camera.
The president asserted that the coronavirus vaccine is “just like the flu shot,” and added that “for most Americans, one Covid shot each year will be all that they need.”
However, the last round of booster injections has been slow to take effect. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 20 million individuals, or 8.5% of the eligible population, have taken the upgraded formulation (CDC).
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