President Joe Biden has called on Americans Thursday to get booster shots to avoid school shutdowns and government restrictions.
“Go get boosted if you’d had your first two shots. If you haven’t, go get your first shot. It’s time, it’s time — it’s past time,” Biden said.
“And we’re going to protect our economic recovery if we do this. We’re going to keep schools and businesses open if we do this. And I want to see everyone around enjoy that. I want to see them enjoy the fact that they’re able to be in school and businesses are open and the holidays are coming,” Biden added.
Biden made the appeal as studies have shown that unvaccinated “will soon overwhelm” US hospitals and vaccine refusers will experience “a winter of severe illness and death.”
“It’s here now and it’s spreading and it’s going to increase,” he said of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.
“For [the] unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death — the unvaccinated, for themselves, their families and the hospitals they will soon overwhelm,” he added.
Based on the latest CDC data, 84.6 percent of US adults have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, but just 30 percent have had a booster shot since it became available in recent months.
Almost 77 percent of all US residents ages 5 and up have had one shot.