Days after the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead for some Americans to receive their third shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, over 400,000 people got the booster shot.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters during a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday (September 28) that more than one million people have already made appointments at their local pharmacies to receive the booster shot in the coming weeks.
The booster shots are approved for anybody over the age of 65, those who have medical conditions that could cause complications with COVID-19, those who are immunocompromised, and those who work in fields where they have at a high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
While Zients praised the "strong start" of the booster program, he said the Biden administration's "top priority remains first and second shots."
According to the CDC, as of September 27, over 75% of eligible Americans have received their first vaccine dose, and more than 64% are fully vaccinated. Currently, Pfizer's vaccine is approved for anybody over the age of 12, while vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna have been granted approval for adults 18 and older.