Joe Biden, first lady to get COVID-19 booster vaccine

U.S. President Joe Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden would receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to boost their immunity, as his administration announced booster shots would be offered to Americans in September.

“We will get the booster shots,” Biden told ABC News in a television interview that aired on Thursday.

His comments were taped on Wednesday as health officials unveiled plans to make third doses of the approved two-dose COVID-19 vaccines available for U.S. adults starting Sept. 20.

The booster program is being launched even as millions of Americans have yet to have their initial shots and as many around the world await vaccine supplies.

The US health officials say it is “very clear” the vaccines’ protection against infections wanes over time. They announced plans to dispense the Covid-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection against the surging delta variant.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said data showed a need for further protection amid the Delta variant and waning vaccine effectiveness over time, although it was unclear how often COVID booster shots would be needed in the future.

“We know we need a boost now… but I don’t think it’s a given that we will be doing this continuously,” she told NBC News’ “Today” program.

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