Biden to double U.S. efforts to get more Americans vaccinated by July 4
US President Joe Biden speaks at the South Court Auditorium in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
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President Joe biden Wednesday plans to double his administration’s efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 by July 4, a date the president has said he hopes will mark a turning point in the pandemic in the United States
May’s beginning, Biden announced new goals for his administration in the fight against the coronavirus: to ensure that 70% of American adults receive at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and to have 160 million adults fully vaccinated by Independence Day.
Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, Biden will announce June as a “national month of action” to get more Americans vaccinated by July 4, a White House official told NBC News.
The president will also present “a pan-American approach” to his immunization campaign, which will mobilize national organizations, community and faith partners, celebrities, athletes and other influential groups, the official said.
“The measures announced will make getting vaccinated even easier, mobilize the country around vaccine awareness and education efforts and encourage vaccination,” the official told NBC News.
As of Tuesday, more than 162 million American adults, or 62.8% of people 18 and older, received at least one Covid vaccine, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 133 million American adults are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
There have been an average of 1.2 million Covid vaccines administered each day over the past week in the United States. But some of the data for the long holiday weekend is incomplete, so vaccination rates may be higher.
Public health experts say Biden’s vaccination goal may pose a challenge to his administration, as the United States has already vaccinated those most excited about getting the shot.
Kevin Hensley receives the J&J COVID vaccine in coordination with the Cook County Health Dept. and the Chicago White Sox. Recipients received a $ 25 card for concession discounts ahead of Game 1 of a Doubles Program at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 29, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
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In order to administer millions of additional vaccinations over the next four weeks, the White House has said the president will take additional steps to encourage more people to get vaccinated and make it easier for them.
Biden said getting the Covid vaccine is “easier than ever,” with many vaccination sites in the United States offering walk-in visits.
The Biden administration launched in April a massive campaign to persuade more Americans to get vaccinated, using social media and virtual events where celebrities and athletes answer Americans’ lingering questions about vaccines.
The CDC has updated its public health guidelines to say that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a face mask or stay 6 feet from others in most settings, whether outdoors or inside. Many public health experts say the change was designed to encourage more people to get vaccinated.