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Biden warns of 'winter of severe illness and death' for the unvaccinated

"For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death, for unvaccinated. For themselves, their families, and the hospitals they'll soon overwhelm," Biden said.

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During a Wednesday meeting with members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team, President Joe Biden warned unvaccinated people that they are in for a "winter of severe illness and death" as the Omicron variant continues to spread.

"For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death, for unvaccinated. For themselves, their families, and the hospitals they'll soon overwhelm," Biden said.

Biden continued to stress the importance of getting vaccinated, and getting the booster shot, a 3rd dose of vaccine.

"But, there's good news. If you're vaccinated, you have your booster shot, you're protected from severe illness and death period," said Biden.

"Number two, booster shots work. Three, boosters are free, safe, and convenient. About 60 million people have one, have been boosted. So go get your shot today. Go get boosted if you had your first two shots, if you haven't, you'll get your first shot. It's time it's time, it's past time," Biden continued.

Biden noted that booster shots are important to keep the economy open, stating that he wants everyone to "enjoy" the fact that businesses and schools remain open.

"We're going to protect our economic recovery if we do this. We're going to keep schools and businesses open if we do this, and I want to see everyone around enjoy that," said Biden. "I want to see them enjoy the fact that you're able to be in school, the business are open and the holidays are coming."

"So get your booster shot. It's critically important and if you haven't, you haven't gotten your booster shot. Get your first shot," said Biden, who added that 83 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have received their first shot, and 202 million Americans are fully vaccinated.

"The whole point is: Omicron is here, It's going to start to spread much more rapidly in the beginning of the year, and the only real protection is to get your shots. If you get one shot, you haven't gotten it yet, that'll help. If you're at the point where you have everything including your booster. You're in really good shape. So move now, move now," Biden concluded.

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