Trump isn't planning on getting a booster shot

Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a "Save America" rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a "Save America" rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images
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Former Republican President Donald Trump probably won’t be getting a COVID-19 booster shot anytime soon, he recently told the Wall Street Journal.

“I feel like I’m in good shape from that standpoint—I probably won’t,” Trump said in an interview with the outlet. “I’ll look at stuff later on. I’m not against it, but it’s probably not for me.”

Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last year and received an antibody treatment. He also received a COVID-19 vaccine before leaving the White House.

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Summer in the U.S. was plagued by a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. According to the Wall Street Journal, the surge overwhelmingly affected unvaccinated Americans and polls have shown they are predominantly Republican voters.

Many Trump supporters have been vocally against COVID-19 vaccinations. Some have even opted to take the drug ivermectin – usually used to deworm livestock such as horses – instead of getting the Food and Drug Administration-approved two-dose Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

Another two-dose vaccine produced by Moderna Inc. and a single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson have been authorized for emergency use but have not yet received full FDA approval.

The agency had been expected to approve an extra dose for all three COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. starting in mid-September, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, that estimate may be extended so regulators can review the data for the Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson booster shots.

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Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Dr.
Rochelle P. Walensky told the White House Thursday their agencies may be able to recommend boosters only for recipients of the Pfizer vaccine in the within the next few weeks.

Going forward, U.S. health regulators are expected to approve COVID-19 booster shots the coming months and the FDA has already authorized the additional shot for certain people with weakened immune systems.

This initial booster campaign may include recommending shots for people over 65 because they are seen as more vulnerable than younger people, said the Wall Street Journal. In this case Trump, who is 75, would qualify.

Although some Trump supporters and Republicans have been dismissive of the initial vaccine doses, Republican leader Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filmed a public service announcement this summer urging his fellow Kentuckians to get the vaccine.

Trump has also recently encouraged his supporters to get vaccinated. He was even was booed at a rally in Alabama after urging the audience to get the shot.

“I believe totally in your freedoms,” Trump told the crowd at the Cullman, Ala. rally, about 50 miles north of Birmingham. “You got to do what you have to do, but I recommend: Take the vaccines. I did it. It’s good.”

By the end of August, 19 percent of U.S. adults said they don’t intend to get vaccinated, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll quoted by the Wall Street Journal. Of the respondents, 37 percent of Republicans said they would continue to reject the vaccination, along with 5 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of independents.

As for the booster, the poll showed that 81 percent of fully vaccinated Americans were interested in getting it. Close to 62 percent of eligible Americans were fully vaccinated as of Friday.

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