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Biden vows boosters for all, expands war to Omicron, augments plan on schools, biz, winter surge
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Biden vows boosters for all, expands war to Omicron, augments plan on schools, biz, winter surge
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New York, Dec 2 (TIWN) US President Joe Biden announced a country-wide plan to administer Covid vaccine booster doses for all adults, keep schools and workplaces open, expand free-at-home testing, new protocols for international travel, and bolster response and supply of treatment pills to prevent hospitalisation and deaths.

Key here is that 100 million eligible Americans who have not yet gotten their booster shot, get one as soon as possible.  Biden believes boosters increase the strength of human antibody response, make the virus mutate and protect against the new variant, Omicron. 

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance recommending that every adult get a booster.  All adults, who completed a primary vaccination series with an mRNA vaccine at least six months ago and those who received a Johnson & Johnson shot at least two months ago, are eligible. 

Biden has made booster shots free and available at over 80,000 locations. To date, over 41 million Americans have already received a booster shot, including half of eligible seniors.  Pharmacy partners are launching broad-based outreach to encourage the public to get their boosters, including millions of texts, calls, and emails to eligible customers with information on how to schedule an appointment or walk-in for their booster shot.  More than two in three Covid-19 vaccinations in the US are already happening at local pharmacies.  Boosters will be offered at convenient hours, including evenings and over weekends, so that adults can get boosted at a time that works best.

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