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Biden gets COVID-19 booster dose

President Joe Biden fields questions at a press conference Monday while being administered Pfizer's booster shot.

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President Joe Biden rolled up his sleeve and received the Pfizer booster shot on Monday. 

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President Joe Biden received a COVID-19 booster shot publicly on Monday. During a press conference, Biden reiterated the current qualifications for getting the booster shot prior to his own injection. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a booster shot for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for up to 60 million Americans, including people 65 and older as well as high-risk adults who have been fully vaccinated for six months. 

"Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get people vaccinated," Biden said. 

Pfizer's booster has been ruled safe and effective by the CDC as well as by the Food and Drug Administration. Recommendations for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters could come in the near future. 

The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. Over the summer, as the delta variant swept across the US, the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths surged. Unvaccinated people have accounted for nearly all the hospitalizations and deaths -- over 97% as of July. The Biden administration aims to counter the surge with new mandates, putting pressure on the millions of people who are eligible but not yet vaccinated.

While the US is starting to offer additional doses to the public, just over 2% of people living in low-income countries have received at least one vaccine dose.

You can check Vaccines.gov to see which vaccines are available where or call 1-800-232-0233 for vaccine information.

CNET's Anne Dujmovic contributed to this article.

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