President Biden’s coronavirus response coordinator has mentioned Individuals ought to all get an annual COVID-19 vaccine alongside a flu shot — flippantly saying it’s “why God gave us two arms.”
Dr. Ashish Jha told a White House press briefing Tuesday that the administration’s focus was making “vaccines a extra routine a part of our lives” with “annual safety.”
“The excellent news is you will get each your flu shot and COVID shot on the similar time. It’s really a good suggestion,” mentioned Jha, who can also be a dean of the Brown College College of Public Well being.
“I actually imagine for this reason God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the opposite one for the COVID shot.”
Jha additionally repeated messaging from earlier within the pandemic that folks ought to get vaccinated to assist grandparents and weak members of the neighborhood.
“So, immediately, we’re calling on all Individuals: Roll up your sleeve to get your COVID-19 vaccine shot,” he mentioned.
Jha insisted the US had reached “an necessary milestone” with the vaccines, which have lengthy divided the nation and led to mass firings amongst many refusing to get them.
“For a big majority of Individuals, we’re transferring to some extent the place a single annual COVID shot ought to present a excessive diploma of safety in opposition to critical sickness all yr,” he mentioned, in comparison with the necessity for a shot each few months.
Nonetheless, the “highest-risk people … might have greater than annual safety,” he mentioned, singling out the over-80s.
“The pandemic isn’t over,” he claimed, regardless of his earlier messaging that it will principally be contained with an annual shot.
“We’ll stay vigilant, and naturally, we proceed to search for and put together for unexpected twists and turns.”