Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID coordinator, said Tuesday that God gave humans two arms so they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster and influenza shot at the same time.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans ages 12 and up receive a new omicron-targeted COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The new shot is manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech.
On Tuesday, Jha said the news is welcome because it coincides with flu season and thus the time when millions of Americans line up to receive their flu shots.
Even better, Jha postulated, is that Americans can receive both shots at the same time. Oh joy!
“We expect millions of people to get the shot this month as folks get back to school, get back to work, and get back into their regular routines after the summer,” Jha said of the omicron-focused booster at a press conference with other top health officials.
“The good news is you can get both your flu shot and COVID shot at the same time. It’s actually a good idea,” he went on to say. “I really believe this is why God gave us two arms — one for the flu shot and the other one for the COVID shot.”
Interestingly, Jha also framed the state of COVID-19 pandemic in a way that sounds awfully similar to the seasonal flu, saying that “protection” from the virus comes in the form of an annual shot.
“Barring any new variant curveballs — we’ve seen curveballs — but barring those variant curveballs, for a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high degree of protection against serious illness all year,” Jha said. “That’s an important milestone.”
Later, Jha celebrated this “milestone” as the moment when COVID vaccines become a “more routine part of our lives.”
How bad is COVID right now?
While the government continues to push vaccine boosters, the current 7-day average of cases in the U.S. stands at roughly 90,000, according to CDC data.
Meanwhile, the current 7-day average of COVID deaths stands at 390.
09/06/22: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials