President Joe Biden on Tuesday said not enough Americans were getting their updated COVID booster, as he rolled up his sleeve to get his own jab.
“Not enough people are getting it,” the president said, as he called on “all Americans” to get their shots “just as soon as they can.”
Flanked by his COVID team and executives including from CVS CVS, -3.13% and Rite Aid Corp. RAD, +17.40%, Biden noted that there are still hundreds of people dying daily from the virus, and said the number is likely to rise this winter.
He added: “this year is different” and that “nearly every death is preventable.”
As MarketWatch reports, so far just 19.4 million Americans have received the updated shot, which targets the original virus along with the omicron variant and its subvariants, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.