The announcement came hours after the President Joe Biden Received his third COVID-19 shot live on camera and a few days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Booster Shots Approved for Millions in the US who received a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
McConnell, 79, has been one of the most vocal supporters Coronavirus vaccine among GOP lawmakers. In a speech to the Senate on Monday afternoon, he said getting vaccinated was an “easy decision” given his childhood experience with polio before a vaccine was available for it.
“I have been a lifelong champion of vaccination,” he said, adding overwhelming evidence that the shots are safe, effective and dramatically reduce the odds of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
“They are also how we as a country commit crimes against COVID,” he urged all Americans to talk to their doctors about vaccination.
McConnell’s initial alignment with Biden on vaccines was inconsistent with most of his party until recently, when more republican officials Started supporting vaccines publicly. He was an early advocate of the right to life-saving efficacy of vaccines, even as some of his GOP colleagues shun vaccine hesitation or stress the importance of individual liberty.
People 65 and older, living in long-term care settings and people aged 50 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions should get their second Pfizer shot, CDC, at least six months after Pfizer’s COVID Should receive a booster shot of the-19 vaccine. last week recommended.
People ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk for COVID-19 can get a booster shot under the same time frame.
Federal authorization for booster shots has not been issued for the other two available vaccines, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky, said in a statement On Friday the agency will urgently review recommendations for those two vaccines.