Vice President Kamala Harris received a third dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday. “I got the booster shot and I want to encourage everyone to do the same when you are eligible,” Harris said.
“As we have said from the beginning: the vaccines are free, they are safe and they will save your life,” Harris, 57, said from the South Court Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Harris went onto say. Harris also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated, saying most COVID-19 patients being treated in ICUs are unvaccinated.
“We’ve all seen the videos of folks who are in an ICU bed who were not vaccinated — with tears begging people, including their family members, to get vaccinated,” she said. “What we know, at this point in our country, is the vast majority — I’m told well over 90% — of the people who are in an ICU or dying from COVID are unvaccinated.”
The vice president received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine on December 29, 2020 and the second dose on January 26, 2021. Harris is eligible considered a “high-risk” worker as she is required to travel frequently and interact with many individuals in the course of conducting her official duties.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 booster shots at least six months after a second dose for those 65 and older and those over the age of 18 who are immunocompromised or have underlying health conditions, live in long-term care settings, and who are at risk of exposure because of their work, including healthcare and school staff and first responders.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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