Vice President Kamala Harris Gets Covid-19 Booster Shot

Vice President Kamala Harris Gets Covid-19 Booster Shot

Vice President Kamala Harris received a third dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine Saturday as the Biden administration works to motivate more Americans to get vaccinated against the disease, and take advantage of booster shots now that they’ve been approved for certain demographics.

US Vice President Kamala Harris receives a booster of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on October 30, … [+] 2021, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Key Facts

Harris said on Twitter she encourages people to get their Covid-19 booster shot when they are eligible, saying “the vaccines are free, they are safe and they will save your life.”

Harris, who is 57 years old, was eligible to obtain a booster shot because she frequently travels and interacts with a wide range of people as a part of her official duties, according to the White House.

She received her first and second dose of the Moderna vaccine on December 29 and January 26, respectively.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 booster shots at least six months after a second dose for those 65 and older and those over the age of 18 who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, live in long-term care settings, and who are at risk of exposure because of their work, including healthcare and school staff and first responders.

Those who received the one-shot J&J vaccine can receive a booster shot two months after their initial dose if they are above the age of 18.

Big Number

15 million. That’s how many people had received a Covid-19 booster dose by October 28, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Over 221 million people, or 66.7% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Key Background

President Joe Biden, 78, received his booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on September 27, saying the Covid-19 vaccine “can save your life” and “the lives of those around you.” The CDC recommended Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots at the end of September and last week it expanded its recommendations to Moderna and J&J vaccines.

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