VP Harris receives second COVID booster shot

Fox News reports that Vice President Kamala Harris received her second COVID-19 booster shot on Friday. 

The 57-year-old Harris received her first booster shot in October. This time, Harris was not filmed getting the shot.

Harris on Saturday morning, the morning after she received her second booster, posted a statement on Twitter advocating for others to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” she wrote. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster — do it today.”

Background

This past Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization for a second COVID-19 booster shot, which is technically the fourth dose of the vaccine.

The authorization was specifically granted for adults 50 years old and above. Harris, at 57, falls into that category. The authorization was also granted for younger people who have weakened immune systems.

The FDA put out a statement, saying:

Current evidence suggests some waning of protection over time against serious outcomes from COVID-19 in older and immunocompromised individuals. Based on an analysis of emerging data, a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could help increase protection levels for these higher-risk individuals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also put out a statement, saying:

Boosters are safe, and people over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time.

The CDC added, “DC, in collaboration with FDA and our public health partners, will continue to evaluate the need for additional booster doses for all Americans.” This suggests that this second booster is likely not the last booster that we will see.

Biden boosted

On Wednesday, the day before Harris received her second booster, Biden received his.

Unlike Harris, Biden getting the dose was captured on camera.

“Didn’t hurt a bit,” Biden said.

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