Trump says COVID booster shot "not for me" after calling it "money making operation"

"I'll look at stuff later on," Trump said.

Published September 3, 2021 7:22PM (EDT)

Donald Trump (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Donald Trump (ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story


Former President Donald Trump gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal this week where he said that he'll likely forgo booster shots for COVID-19.

"I feel like I'm in good shape from that standpoint—I probably won't," Trump, who is fully vaccinated, said. "I'll look at stuff later on. I'm not against it, but it's probably not for me."

Trump's comments come after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the additional shot for people with weakened immune systems. An extra dose for all three COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. should be approved by the FDA in mid-September, the Journal reported.

Trump has previously suggested that booster shots were a "money-making" scheme.

"You know what, that sounds to me like a money-making operation for Pfizer, okay, think of the money involved. That's tens of billions of dollars," Trump told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo in August. "If you're a pure businessman you'll say, 'You know what, let's give them another shot, $10 billion of money coming in,' the whole thing is crazy."

"You wouldn't think you would need a booster," he added. "When these first came out, they were good for life. Then they were good for a year or two. And I could see the writing on the wall, you could see the dollar signs in their eyes."

By Sky Palma


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