President Biden gets booster shot amid push to increase COVID-19 vaccination rate
Biden's third inoculation comes less than a week after health officials approved the Pfizer-BioNTech booster for certain groups.
President Biden received a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot, on Monday. The White House hopes that the publicly broadcasted event will help assure Americans of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness amid continued hesitancy among many Americans.
"Like I did in my first and second COVID-19 vaccination shot, I'm about to get my booster shot and do it publicly," he said.
"That's because the Food and Drug Administration — the FDA — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the CDC — looked at all the data, completed their review and determined that boosters for the Pfizer vaccine, others will come later, maybe, I assume, but the Pfizer vaccine, are safe and effective."
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are eagerly awaiting the day they can get their kids vaccinated.
The couple shares daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 6½, and son Dimitri Portwood, 4½, and though the parents can't get COVID-19 vaccines for them yet (the shots are only available for 12 and over at the moment), they look forward to the day when they can. Kunis, 38, revealed in late April that she and Kutcher, 43, got vaccinated.
Kunis told PEOPLE at the grand opening of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute on Tuesday in Los Angeles that it's frustrating being vaccinated when her kids can't yet.
"That's what we were talking about. Yeah, it is [weird], because every day you're like, 'I hear it's going to be approved by X date,' and then it gets pushed and it gets pushed, and you hope that it's getting pushed for the right reasons and not just because someone wants to put their name on it," she says.
"And who wants to be the parents that give their kid COVID and then gets their kid's school shut down and keeps kids from being educated because they didn't get vaccinated because the kid couldn't get vaccinated," adds Kutcher.
Overnight, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is now banning vaccine mandates across the entire state. Meantime, an FDA committee will meet in a matter of days to discuss the need for booster shots for those vaccinated with Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. NBC national correspondent Miguel Almaguer reports for TODAY.