Biden Sets New Vaccination Goal

Joe Biden Wants 70% US Adults To Have First Covid Shot By July 4

Joe Biden Wants 70% US Adults To Have First Covid Shot By July 4

As of Tuesday, the CDC reports that 56% of the adult population has one shot of the vaccine, and about 105 million adults are fully vaccinated.

In remarks on Tuesday, Biden set a new goal for his vaccination effort - to have 70% of the USA adult population with at least one shot, and to have 160 million adults to be fully vaccinated by July 4. Already more than 56% of adult Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and almost 105 million are fully vaccinated.

The new initiatives, which come with hundreds of millions of federal dollars for local community groups and public education campaigns, are being rolled out at a time when vaccination rates are dropping after initial high demand.

Biden's new goal comes as the administration faces increasing, though not unexpected, challenges of getting people vaccinated who are hesitant about the vaccine. As of mid-April, the country was administering just under 3.4 million vaccine doses each day.

As part of the push to get more shots in arms, the White House told governors on Tuesday it will be tweaking the allocation system for vaccines. The administration had previously allocated shots evenly to states, based on adult population, regardless of how many injections were given. If vaccinations continue at the current pace, 70% of adults will have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by the second week of June.

The U.S.is quickly exhausting the pool of people who want a vaccine and is shifting efforts to focus on those who are less motivated, or who are skeptical about the Covid-19 vaccine.

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday outlined the next stage of the U.S.'s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan - a plan that prioritizes walk-in appointments at local pharmacies and pop-up clinics to make vaccinations easier for those who have not yet gotten the shot.

The administration is also setting its sights on expanding vaccine access beyond the adult population. If that happens, doses would be distributed through pediatricians and family doctors, and by using the federal pharmacy program, which would make the vaccines available at about 15,000 pharmacies across the country, administration officials said.

Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved in the US for people as young as 16.

"I'd like to get it 100%, but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July Fourth", Biden said.

Another senior administration official said young people who may not feel threatened by the coronavirus would be encouraged to get vaccinated.

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