Administration

Biden to get COVID-19 booster on camera once fully approved

President Biden plans to get his COVID-19 booster shot on camera once it's fully approved for Americans over the age of 65, which could happen in the coming days.

"He will do so, and he will do so on camera. I don't have a date for you exactly. It's important to note, just to take a slight step back, that there are still a couple of additional steps in the process," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.

A federal advisory panel on Friday unanimously voted to recommend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorize a third booster dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for people over the age of 65 as well as for other groups of people who are at high risk for COVID-19. 

Should the FDA sign off on the recommendation, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel will meet this week to decide more details about who specifically should qualify for the boosters and when they'll be administered.

The FDA panel vote approving shots for older Americans came after its members overwhelmingly voted against recommending the widespread use of boosters for everyone over the age of 16. 

The panel's decision has prompted confusion for many Americans given Biden publicly touted weeks ago that boosters would likely be available beginning the week of Sept. 20. Biden encouraged Americans at the time to consider getting their booster shot eight months after their first dose of the vaccine.

Asked if Biden got ahead of the science with his pronouncements last month on boosters, Psaki argued Monday that booster shots are still a possibility, but that it will fall to the CDC to determine when they will be available to the wider population.

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