Biden pushes FOURTH Covid jab despite uncertainty of its efficacy against latest variant

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The Biden administration is prepping to push a second COVID booster for Americans this fall, totaling four recommended jabs, even though there are concerns over side effects and if the shot will be effective against the BA.5 variant.

The new boosters are produced by Pfizer and Moderna. They claim they are designed to fight the Omicron-derived variant BA.5, but the data concerning the jabs is still preliminary, according to the Daily Mail. It’s unclear whether the shot’s efficacy against the variant will prevent transmission or serious illness connected to the virus.

One concern is that giving two boosters so close together could increase the risk of a rare heart inflammation called myocarditis. Another concern is that giving them too close together could lessen the protection from the second booster.

Currently, only those over 50 can get the second booster. But the White House is pressuring pharmaceutical companies to intensify production so they can be made available to all American adults.

The FDA advisory committee stated in June that the current COVID vaccines need updating because the virus has now found a way to sidestep them. At that time both Pfizer and Moderna were reluctant to promise the boosters for the fall.

Evidently, an agreement was reached on Thursday after pressure from the Biden administration was applied to the pharmaceutical companies according to the New York Times. The White House agreed to hold off from opening the boosters to everyone and in return, the companies would have enough of the second booster ready for a significant push to vaccinate all adults in September.

Fresh off recovering from COVID himself, the president is now launching a new push for booster shots for those who are eligible to receive them. He’s touting enhanced protection against severe illness during a period where many report COVID being no more serious than the common cold or the flu.

“Everyone over 5 should get a booster shot. And if you’re above 50, you should get two – I did,” said the man who just contracted the virus. “After being boosted, your odds of getting severely ill from COVID are very, very low.”

High-risk groups such as seniors will be heavily targeted. The White House initiative will use phone calls, emails, and new public service announcements to encourage them to get “up to date” on their vaccinations.

The CDC is recommending that all Americans who are five and older should get a booster five months after their first series of shots. Those who are immunocompromised or are 50 or older should get a second booster four months after their first one.

“Currently, many Americans are under-vaccinated, meaning they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines provides the best protection against severe outcomes.”

Americans are sick of the pandemic and many don’t trust the vaccinations. You can see that fact in the CDC reporting that tens of millions of Americans have not even bothered to get the first booster. Of those over 50 who got the first one, only 30 percent have gotten the second.

Biden received his second booster back in March. He just tested positive for the virus and experienced mild symptoms for five days.

“Given the rise of the Omicron BA.5 variant, it is essential that Americans stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations – with booster shots – to achieve the highest level of protection possible,” the White House hollowly warned.

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