US President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a new COVID-19 vaccination target, which is to give at least one shot of adult Americans by July 4 as he tackles the macabre problem of victory over “Dubbers” and People are considered unfit to vaccinate.
Demand for vaccines has decreased nationwide, with some states leaving more than half of their available doses in disarray. With the aim of making it easier to get shots, Biden called on states to make vaccines available on a walk-in basis and would also direct several pharmacies to do the same.
His administration is also moving for the first time to shift doses from states with weak demand to areas with a strong interest in shots.
Fact Check: A look at some of Biden’s claims during his 1st address to Congress
“You need to be vaccinated,” Biden told the White House. “Even if you are less likely to become seriously ill, why take the risk? It can save your life or the life of someone you love. “
Biden’s goal is to give at least the first shot to 181 million adults and to complete 160 million vaccinations. This is a tacit acceptance of declining interest in shots.
More than 56 percent of US adults have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and approximately 105 million have been fully vaccinated. The US is currently dosing at a rate of about 965,000 per week – half the rate three weeks earlier, but almost twice as fast to meet Biden’s goal.
“I want to achieve it 100 percent, but I think we can actually reach that point between now and July,” Biden said of his new goal.
He said that the administration will focus on three areas as it tries to increase the pace of vaccination:
- Adults who need more convincing to take the vaccine.
- People who have struggled or are in no hurry to get a shot.
- Adolescents between the ages of 12–15, once federal authorities, approved vaccination for that age group.
Recognizing that “the pace of vaccination is slow,” Biden said vaccination efforts are “going to be tough” when it comes to “skepticism” of the need to get their shots.
Updated Biden outline of the US COVID-19 vaccination plan includes expanding rollout to children
He said that the most effective argument for those people would be to protect the people they love. “It’s your choice: it’s life and death.”
Biden’s push comes as his administration has moved away from setting a goal for the US to reach “herd immunity”, instead focusing on delivering more and more shots to the weapon. Officials said Biden’s vaccination target would lead to a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases over the summer.
Confusion, anger arises over NACI’s mixed message on ‘favorite’ COVID-19 vaccine
NACI recommends Johnson & Johnson Kovid-19 shot for those 30 and older, mRNA said
Until that time, the Biden administration has been focusing the government toward expanding small and mobile vaccination clinics so that doses can be delivered to difficult communities. It is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to increase interest in vaccines through education campaigns and greater access to shots through community organizations that can help bring people to clinics.
Biden made creative efforts to make it “easier and more fun” to get vaccinated, such as grocery stores that offer discounts to shoppers who come to get shots and sports leagues that offer shots for their fans. Promote to achieve.
Biden says in 1 address to Congress, ‘America is growing’ since COVID-19
Beyond the Food and Drug Administration’s requisite authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12–15, the White House is developing a plan to speed up vaccination for that age group. Biden urged the teenagers to give at least one dose by July 4, and work at pediatricians’ offices and other reliable locations, aiming to have many of them fully vaccinated by early next year is.
While younger people are less at risk of serious complications from COVID-19, they have made up a large proportion of new virus cases because most American adults have been at least partially vaccinated and have indoor food and support. Such as high-risk activities. Games have resumed in most parts of the country.
Officials hope that the expansion of vaccination among adolescents – who can receive the first dose in one place and in the other place, if necessary – will further intensify the nation’s fewer virus casinos and provide schools with fewer disruptions this fall Will allow reopening.
The readiness to expand the pool of shot getters lies in the hope of sealing the development of new variants that can emerge from uncontrolled ravages and help reopen the country from the symbolic moment of Independence Day, right Two months away. Although White House officials privately accept the challenge, Biden made an optimistic comment.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter and brighter indeed,” Biden said.
Biden’s speech comes after the White House announced a withdrawal from strict allocation of vaccines by the state’s population. The administration says that when states decline to take all the vaccines allocated to them, the surplus will shift to the states still waiting to meet the demand.
The change was reported by the White House to the governors on Tuesday morning.
Biden says that these are extraordinary times of ‘crisis and opportunity’ in the 1st address to the joint session of Congress
This week, Iowa rejected About three quarters of the vaccine dose is available from the federal government to the state for the next week as demand for shots remains weak. Meanwhile, Louisiana has not received its full vaccine allocation from the federal government for the past few weeks.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Louisiana’s coronavirus vaccination rates lag behind most states. According to the state’s Department of Health, about 27 percent of state residents are fully vaccinated, while 32 percent receive at least one dose of the vaccine.
The White House had previously opposed efforts to distribute the vaccine by a matrix other than the population. Biden reprimanded the Michigan government of Gutchen Whitmer last month, when it requested higher doses as his state saw an increase in virus cases. White House press secretary Jane Saki said that at the time almost all states were placing orders on or around their population allocation, which it no longer has.
Individual states have made similar changes internally due to changing demand. Last week, Washington State changed the way it allocated coronovirus vaccines to its counties. The state previously excluded the counties from supplies in proportion to its population. But now the volume will be based on requests from health care providers.
AP Writer Melinda Deslate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana contributed to this report.
View link »
© 2021 Canadian Press