Politics President Joe Biden Gets COVID Booster Vaccine Shot, Calls Out Unvaccinated for Causing 'Damage' The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended people 65 or older, those highly at risk due to serious illness and those who have increased risk of COVID exposure to get a third shot of Pfizer By Naledi Ushe Naledi Ushe Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 28, 2021 10:48 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post via Getty Images President Joe Biden received his COVID-19 booster shot. The 78-year-old president received a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine on camera on Monday — exactly one week after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters he would be getting the booster. Ahead of getting his third dose of the vaccine, the president explained why he was eligible and joked, "I know it doesn't look like it, but I am over 65." A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted on Sept. 7 to recommend boosters to older Americans, those at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and others — such as teachers and healthcare workers — who could have increased exposure at work. Biden reiterated the information provided by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on who should get the Pfizer booster shot and told reporters that "others will come later maybe, I assume," referring to the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines that have yet to get FDA approval. Joe Biden. Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock Johnson & Johnson Says Its Single-Dose COVID Vaccine Has Increased Protection with Booster Shot The president went on to encourage boosters for those who are fully vaccinated although, he added, "The bottom line is that if you're fully vaccinated you're highly protected now from severe illness, even if you get COVID-19." "But let me be clear: Boosters are important, but the most important thing we need to do is get more people vaccinated," he stressed. The president noted that 77 percent of Americans have received at least one shot, while just 23 percent have not received one. "That distinct minority is causing an awful lot of damage for the rest of the country," he said. "This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That's why I'm moving forward with vaccination requirements wherever I can." Biden later added, "Please do the right thing. Please get the shot. It can save your life. It can save the lives of those around you. And it's easy, accessible, and it's free." Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Moderna May Not Be Ready for Biden's Proposed Sept. 20 Booster Rollout On Monday, he told reporters he didn't have many side effects after either the first or second doses of the vaccine. Biden received his first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech novel coronavirus vaccine in December at Delaware's ChristianaCare Hospital. His second shot was administered there three weeks later. Both shots were televised. The president's vaccine booster shot was administered by a nurse with the White House Medical Unit, a White House official revealed. Biden also shared that he expects First Lady Jill Biden to get the booster shot. President Joe Biden. Ken Cedeno/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock When questioned about criticism from the World Health Organization about the U.S. authorizing boosters while poor countries are still trying to get vaccines for their populations, Biden defended his administration's work to help poor countries get the vaccine. "We are doing more than any other nation in the world combined," Biden said. Joe Biden Offers Renewed Plea for Vaccinations: 'The Vaccine Saves Lives and It Could Save Yours' In August, the Biden administration announced that vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster shot eight months after being fully inoculated. "The available data makes it very clear that protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection begins to decrease over time following the initial doses of vaccination, and in association with the dominance of the delta variant, we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease," the CDC said in a statement at the time. The FDA is expected to decide about more widespread booster shots soon. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.