Kamala Harris gets her COVID-19 booster as White House says job puts her at high risk

Vice President Kamala Harris gets her third shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the White House on Saturday. An official said her job made her eligible for the booster
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Vice President Kamala Harris gets her COVID-19 booster shot – because her job puts her at high risk of infection, says White House

  • The VP got third dose of the Moderna vaccine at the White House on Saturday
  • ‘I want to encourage everyone to do the same when you are eligible,’ she said
  • The CDC says the over-65s and those with underlying health conditions qualify
  • And it says those in high risk jobs are also eligible for the booster
  • An official said the VP’s travel and meetings schedule put her at ‘increased risk’










Vice President Kamala Harris got her third dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the White House on Saturday.

A White House official said her busy schedule of meetings and travel put her in the high-risk category and made her eligible for a jab.

On Saturday afternoon, she appeared in the South Court Auditorium, where she held up her sleeve for a member of the White House Medical Unit to administer the Moderna jab to her left arm. 

‘Got the booster shot,’ she told reporters afterwards, ‘and I want to encourage everyone to do the same when you are eligible.

‘And as we have said from the beginning: the vaccines are free they’re safe, and they will save your life.’

Vice President Kamala Harris gets her third shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the White House on Saturday. An official said her job made her eligible for the booster

'As we have said from the beginning: the vaccines are free they're safe, and they will save your life,' said Harris after getting her third jab on Saturday

‘As we have said from the beginning: the vaccines are free they’re safe, and they will save your life,’ said Harris after getting her third jab on Saturday

President Biden, 78, got his third shot at the end of September after new guidance was published. 

At 57, Harris is younger than the 65 years at which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are eligible for a booster.

Nor has the White House said she has any underlying medical conditions that would make her eligible.

Instead, a White House official said her job put her at risk.

‘The vice president is required to travel frequently and interact with many individuals in the course of conducting her official duties; she is considered at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure due to her occupation and meets criteria for receiving a booster shot,’ said a White House official.

The vice president received her first doses of the Moderna vaccine in December last year and January.  

In its guidance, the CDC says: ‘Adults who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside.’

It lists by way of example first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.

The jab puts Harris among the 16.6 million people to have received a booster, according to the latest CDC data. 

But it also puts her at the center of a global dispute about whether rich countries are hogging vaccine supplies when most of the rest of world is unvaccinated.

President Joe Biden receives his COVID-19 booster shot on campus at the White House on September 27, soon after the CDC issued new guidance

President Joe Biden receives his COVID-19 booster shot on campus at the White House on September 27, soon after the CDC issued new guidance

The head of the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on booster shots. 

‘I will not stay silent when companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world’s poor should be satisfied with leftovers, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently.

‘Because manufacturers have prioritized or been legally obliged to fulfill bilateral deals with rich countries willing to pay top dollar, low income countries have been deprived of the tools to protect their people.’

The White House defended its stance at the time.

‘From Senegal to South Africa to India, we’ve made significant investments in boosting global productions of COVID vaccines,’ said Press Secrertary Jen Psaki.

‘At the same time, the president and this administration has a responsibility to do everything we can to protect people in the United States.’

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