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‘Better to wait your turn in line,’ Biden says to those not yet eligible for booster shots

The vice-president says some people face long waits for booster shots, setting off a firestorm on social media ‘Better to wait your turn in line,’ Biden says to those not yet eligible for Covid booster shots. Joe Biden on Thursday took to social media to bash the Trump administration’s fight to lift a rule that forces US states to allow minors to skip the queues and go straight to the front of the drugstore line for

preventative health care. Should vaccinations require parental consent? Opinion writers on the Verdict Read more “When my son Beau died, he encouraged me not to let the loss, or the grief stop me from pushing ahead,” Biden wrote in an Instagram post. “He believed that there are things you should do in life, that you’re allowed to wait your turn, that you don’t have to rush to get them done, and that helping others is

more important than not. The ability to help others is something I now know to be more important than my own. And that is an important lesson for all of us.” Such generosity as it may seem sounds nice. But not everyone is on board with Biden. Many people are posting on social media claiming that children who are currently eligible for the booster shot should just wait their turn and that people with health insurance

shouldn’t have to pay extra for the recommended vaccines, including the second booster shot for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cancer. I bring up the issue because the president’s nominee to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is himself a major booster of the HPV vaccine. In a 2016 piece for The Huffington Post, the president and CEO of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Institute, Andrew Greenwood, criticized his former employer’s botched initial approval of the HPV vaccine, noting that the “government should not be subsidizing such an expensive preventive medication to appease private companies”. In the two decades since the first HPV booster shot was granted government approval, about 300,000 women are infected with the virus, which has proven to be the most common cause of

cervical cancer. Back in 2010, the Obama administration announced a crackdown on states’ attempts to catch kids who miss appointments or dodge routine routine vaccinations. Using a rule that aimed to make vaccinations easier to get, then-senator Barack Obama, the now-president’s namesake, and the first lady pushed for states to ease requirements on how frequently kids have to get the vaccinations. About 40 states

have enacted laws allowing young children to skip waiting lists for booster shots for preventative health care. But a court in 2014 blocked that rule. Last year, Barack Obama’s administration went back to court, with prosecutors arguing that in September 2016, when the Trump administration came into office, the CDC was once again creating new rules that would allow pediatricians and hospital doctors to set their own

clinic or pharmacy’s vaccine wait lists without coming up with room for any more children to follow through with shots that the CDC recommended. The Trump administration called on the court to suspend the rules that the Obama administration was trying to put in place to protect certain health benefits.

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