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Biden: You Will Get a Booster Shot When the CDC Say So

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Robby Soave | 9.24.2021 11:28 AM

Millions of vaccinated Americans are now eligible to receive booster shots that offer additional protection against COVID-19, President Joe Biden announced at a press conference on Friday.

"If you got the Pfizer vaccine in January, February, or March of this year and you're over 65 years of age, go get the booster," said Biden. "Or if you have a medical condition like diabetes, or are a frontline worker, you can get your booster shot."

Biden's statement came hours after a late-night decree by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, who approved booster shots despite her own agency's experts advising against this plan. There seems to have been much internal disagreement between the White House and health officials about which groups of people, if any, actually need booster shots. Ultimately, boosters are now approved for recipients of the Pfizer vaccine who got the shot more than six months ago, and are either elderly, a frontline worker, or in an at-risk health group.

"That group makes up 60 million Americans who are now eligible," said Biden.

This level of specificity with respect to who qualifies for booster shots is profoundly silly, and calls to mind the excessive queue sorting of the earliest stage of mass vaccination, when the CDC foolishly considered prioritizing so-called essential workers ahead of elderly Americans. In reality, many people who could benefit from booster shots might not ever get them, while many people who don't actually need them are already seeking them out, regardless of what the government says. Indeed, after Biden had finished speaking, a reporter asked the president about all the Americans who are receiving illicit booster shots, simply by going to a pharmacy and claiming that they are not yet vaccinated.

Biden's response was telling.

"What's going to happen is you're going to see that in the near term we're going to open this up anyway," said Biden. "We're also looking to the time when we're going to expand the booster shots across the board."

Biden outlined an incredibly specific and detailed set of criteria that dictate whether a person can get a booster shot. But he's not overly concerned about people who don't qualify jumping the line, because, well, government health officials will probably approve boosters for everyone else when they get around to it. That doesn't........

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