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Czech PM Andrej Babis Received a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot

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FILE - Czech Republic s Prime Minister Andrej Babis speaks during the 4th Budapest Demographic Summit in Budapest, Hungary, in this Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

PRAGUE — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has received a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine and used the opportunity to appeal to his country's people to get vaccinated.

The 67-year-old Babis is among more than 30,000 Czechs who have gotten booster shots. The Czech Republic has offered vaccine boosters since Sept 20 to individuals over age 60, health care workers and other vulnerable groups.

Yet more than 340,000 people over the age of 65 haven’t received a single shot, a reason for concern, Babis said.

“I’m calling on everyone to get vaccinated,” the prime minister said. “The vaccination is the only solution to save lives.”

The Czech Republic has reported about 1,500 new coronavirus cases for three straight days, numbers unseen since early May.