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President Biden received a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster shot on live television on Monday, while also urging Americans to get vaccinated.

Driving the news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended Pfizer booster shots for millions of people, including those 65 years and older and individuals at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

  • In an unusual move, CDC director Rochelle Walensky diverged from an advisory panel and also recommended the boosters for workers in high-risk jobs.

What he's saying: "If you're fully vaccinated and you're highly protected now from severe illness, even if you get COVID-19. You're safe and we're going to do everything that we can to keep it that way with the boosters," Biden said.

  • "But let me be clear: Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," he added.

Of note: First lady Jill Biden did not get her booster shot along with the president. Biden said she was teaching, but will be receiving hers later.

Flashback: Biden received his first vaccine dose on camera in December of last year.

The big picture: White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said during a press briefing last week that the U.S. had "secured enough booster supply for every American," adding that they will be free for everyone regardless of immigration or health insurance status.

Between the lines: The president has pushed for booster shots in the U.S. despite criticism from the World Health Organization and vaccine experts who say universal boosters are not necessary at this time and supply should instead be sent to countries facing vaccine shortages.

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13 hours ago - Health

Appeals court declines to block Maine vaccine mandate

A health worker prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination. Photo: Camilo Freedman/APhotografia/Getty Images

A federal appeals court on Friday denied an emergency request to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine, the Associated Press reports.

Driving the news: The mandate, which Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced in August, requires health care workers in Maine to get vaccinated by Oct. 29 or face losing their jobs.

17 hours ago - Health

State COVID lotteries did not increase vaccination rates, study finds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom at a drawing for the state's Vax for the Win program in June. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

None of the 19 states that implemented statewide COVID-19 vaccine lotteries this summer saw an increase in vaccination rates as a result of the incentive programs, according to a study published Friday in Jama Health Forum.

Why it matters: The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of 19 state-run lotteries, and offers insight into how governments can better craft incentive-based policies, said Andrew Friedson, one of the study's authors and an associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.

Minnesota National Guard to assist with hospital staffing shortages

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on April 19. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced Friday that he'll put the Minnesota National Guard on alert to help ease staffing shortages at hospitals and care facilities due to the rise in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated residents in the state.

Driving the news: Over 400 Minnesota patients are currently waiting for beds to open up at other care centers as hospitals across the state have reported that they're at or close to reaching capacity, AP reports.