McConnell Says He Received a Covid Booster Shot

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Hours after President Joe Biden publicly received a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed on the Senate floor that he, too, had received a third dose of the vaccine.

“I’m a survivor of childhood polio from before vaccines eradicated that disease here in our country and around the world now,” McConnell said.

“So I’ve been a lifelong champion of vaccinations. Mountains of evidence tell us these shots are safe, effective and dramatically shrink the odds of severe disease or deaths from COVID.”

The shots were administered on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue. They came on the first workday after the CDC and the FDA recommended a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans 65 and older and approved them for others with preexisting medical conditions and high-risk work environments.

Nearly 25% of eligible Americans aged 12 and older haven’t received a single dose of the vaccines. They are bearing the brunt of a months-long surge in cases and deaths brought about by the more transmissible delta variant of the virus that has killed 688,000 in the U.S. since the pandemic began.

At least 2.66 million Americans have received booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine since mid-August, according to the CDC. About 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Pfizer shot. U.S. regulators recommend getting the boosters at least six months after the second shot of the initial two-dose series.

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