UPDATED 10:48 AM PT – Friday, October 15, 2021
While speaking from the White House Thursday, Joe Biden said his COVID-19 policies “should not divide us” while claiming this is all about stopping the spread. He has faced widespread scrutiny for his strict policies regarding COVID-19, including a vaccine mandate for private businesses with more than 100 workers.
Please, get vaccinated.
That’s how we’ll put this pandemic behind us.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 14, 2021
Biden also touted shots for children ages five-to-11 while begging parents to get their kids vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. The FDA and CDC are expected to make a determination on that in the coming weeks. His calls came despite data showing children are far less likely to contract or have severe complications from COVID-19.
“If authorized, we are ready,” Biden stated. “We have purchased enough vaccines for all children between the ages of five and 11 in the United States, and it will be convenient for parents to their children vaccinated at trusted locations and families will be able to sleep easier at night knowing their kids are protected as well.”
A member from the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee confirmed Thursday, if anyone should get a booster dose then it should be those at higher risk. Despite the Biden administrations initial plans to get the Pfizer and Moderna booster approved for all ages and demographics, the advisory panel stressed there is not enough evidence to approve the booster doses for everyone at this time.
“For the younger population, they seem to be responding not only quite well to these vaccines, but they’re actually holding up,” stated Dr. Michael Kurilla, member of the FDA Advisory Committee. “So I don’t necessarily see the need for a sort of ‘let it rip’ campaign for boosters for everyone who’s ever been vaccinated.”
Biden said he doesn’t want vaccination requirements to be yet another issue that divides the nation and claimed his administration is doing everything it can to battle so-called misinformation. Although the FDA agrees the 66 million unvaccinated Americans should get the jab, discourse about the booster has caused confusion among many, especially with agency members emphasizing universal booster doses are not in their current plans.
“I just think that we continue to send wrong messages out there by using terms like breakthrough and by making people feel that they’re not protected unless they’ve gotten a third dose,” expressed Dr. Paul Offit, member of the FDA Advisory Committee
Meanwhile, Biden continued to insist the vaccine is working and the mandate is in the best interests of the American people.
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— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 13, 2021