President Joe Biden got a Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot live on-air Monday at the White House and commented to reporters that 97 to 98 percent of Americans might need to be vaccinated to return to some kind of normalcy.
A reporter asked him, “How many Americans need to be vaccinated for us to get back to normal?”
The president responded during the photo-op, “I think we get the vast majority by just going on with some industries and some schools, 97-98%. I think we’ll get awful close. But I’m not the scientist. I think one thing is for certain. A quarter of the country can’t go unvaccinated and us not continue to have a problem.”
His response was referring to his executive order requiring all federal workers to get vaccinated as well as mandating that all businesses with more than 100 employees require vaccinations or weekly testing.
(Video Credit: The Hill)
“Let me be clear: Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated,” the president informed reporters while he was inoculated.
Biden received the booster shot just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the third dose for Americans who are 65 and older or have an underlying health condition that makes them susceptible to the virus. It is also being recommended by those working on the front line of exposure.
He took questions from reporters during the vaccination and told them that he had “no side effects” after his first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. He also commented that the first lady will be getting a booster shot as well. Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN on Monday that she had already received her booster shot at the White House.
Those who received the jab in January, February, or March are now allegedly eligible for the booster.
White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients claimed on Friday that the U.S. had secured enough supply for every American to receive a booster shot and that up to 20 million Americans had already hit the six-month mark and are eligible for the jab. Some estimates are as high as 60 million who are now eligible for the booster.
“We know that to beat this pandemic and to save lives … we need to get folks vaccinated,” Biden said during remarks before he received his booster shot. “So, please, please do the right thing. Please get these shots. It can save your life and it can save the lives of those around you.”
Did Biden just say we need 97 or 98 percent vaccinated for this to stop?
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) September 27, 2021
He is crowing over the “incredible progress” of the vaccine movement, claiming that over 182 million Americans are now fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson.
“The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Over 77% of adults have gotten at least one shot. About 23% haven’t gotten any shots, and that distinct minority is causing an awful lot of us an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country,” Biden remarked.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That’s why I’m moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can,” he declared.
Some scientists, including at least two from the FDA, have stated that they weren’t entirely convinced every American who has received the Pfizer vaccine needed a booster shot at this time. They are calling the push for shots “premature,” according to CNBC.
As recently as early August, Biden had claimed that roughly 70 percent of Americans needed to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. He seems to have significantly moved the goalposts once again.
Biden will travel to Chicago on Wednesday to push more employers to mandate COVID vaccinations for their employees.
There was a lot of buzz on social media over the photo-op and much of it mocked Biden:
He looks like a f’ing idiot fully vaccinated wearing a mask and can barely complete a sentence. Here he is getting another shot of who knows what. 😂😂😂
— Sara (@skb_sara) September 27, 2021
We continue to have a problem with a twice jabbed,
bleary-eyed, drunk on power resident.
Joe’s not a leader who inspires, as he promised. He’s the America last dictator that people on both sides—and our foreign allies, are beginning to loathe.
— Tosca Austen (@ToscaAusten) September 27, 2021
— Scott Nelson (@snelson2127) September 27, 2021
Now it’s time for ice cream and an afternoon nap …
— steve brown (@srb39) September 27, 2021
Next week it will be 110%
— Faux Chung (@FauxChung) September 28, 2021
The goal post keeps moving.
— Daniel (@garcia_daniel_) September 27, 2021
How did no one push back on that that’s basically an impossibility wtf
— (((Rachel Kaplan))) (@RachelMiniK) September 27, 2021
They want to vaccinate 98% of the population without having any kind of sizable data over time. That’s the most reckless thing I’ve ever heard of.
— Roy Batty (@battyroy1900) September 27, 2021
I thought it was in the 70s. 🙄 might as well just go for the straight 100, bro. 🤣
— mclozano (@mclozano) September 27, 2021
Absolutely no science supports this insane claim that 98% vax is needed
— LFXS (@lfxs1212) September 27, 2021
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