Biden Sets New Independence Day Goal for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Biden Sets New Independence Day Goal for COVID-19 Vaccinations”

And 105 million people are fully vaccinated, with another 40 million halfway there.

"I believe most people will be convinced by the fact that their failure to get the vaccine will cause other people will die", Biden said. The now administering first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day - half the rate of three weeks ago, but nearly twice as fast as needed to meet Biden's target.

Biden's new goal comes as the administration faces increasing, though not unexpected, challenges of getting people vaccinated who are hesitant about the vaccine.

To make it more convenient for Americans to get shots, the administration will urge pharmacies and states to offer more walk-in appointments, send more doses to rural health clinics and direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support more mobile vaccination clinics, the officials said.

Volunteers conduct a door-knock campaign to provide information about where people can get their vaccinations and help answer questions related to hesitancy around the coronavirus vaccine in Detroit, Michigan, May 4, 2021.

President Biden speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program Tuesday in the State Dining Room of the White House.

Administration officials who asked not to be identified said Biden would announce the ambitious goal in a speech later Tuesday.

Biden is expected to announce plans for a push to get children between the ages of 12 and 15 vaccinated as soon as possible if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes it.

Biden has emphasized that tackling domestic extremism is a top priority for his administration and has gone out of his way to acknowledge something his predecessor would not - that White supremacists are the greatest domestic terror threat facing America.

"If we make progress towards this goal, more and more Americans will gain protection from COVID-19. and America will have taken a serious step toward a return to normal", one official told reporters on a conference call.

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A COVID-19 mass-vaccination clinic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on January 15.

He still remains confident that those who remains skeptical about getting vaccinated will come around.

As of Monday, more than 246 million vaccine doses have been administered across the United States.

Vaccines have been allocated state by state based on population - a formula the Biden administration held to even as some states such as MI saw increases in coronavirus infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 56% of all adults have gotten at least one dose.

This week, Iowa turned down almost three quarters of the vaccine doses available to the state for next week from the federal government because demand for the shots remains weak.

Governors were informed of the change by the White House.

The weekly allocations will still be determined by adult population, however states had been allowed to carryover unordered doses week-to-week in case they needed them in the coming weeks.

The New York Times reported Monday that most scientists and public health experts believe that the USA will not reach herd immunity, at least not in the near future. Last week, Washington state changed the way it allocates coronavirus vaccine to its counties.

Individual states have made similar shifts internally to account for changing demand. But now amounts will be based on requests from health care providers.

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