President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a new goal of administering at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose to 70% of the United States adult population and having 160 million U.S. adults fully vaccinated by July 4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 56% of all adults have gotten at least one dose.
US officials are gearing up to administer vaccines to adolescents once that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The official noted that at this time 105 million Americans are fully vaccinated and more than 56% of USA adults or 147 million people have received at least one shot.
Biden also added Wednesday that his administration is working with retail chains and sports leagues to offer deals and promotions for people who get vaccinated in the hopes making vaccinations more "fun".
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In addition, all vaccine providers are encouraged to allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers. Almost 35 percent of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, including 32 percent of city residents.
The administration also plans to see 160 million adults fully vaccinated by then, a push to improve the level of immunity in the country to the point where the coronavirus has less of an opportunity to spread and so that more public health restrictions can be lifted, administration officials told reporters.
But the struggle to break through many Americans' vaccine hesitancy is apparent in the less ambitious target that Biden announced.
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. Currently, 105 million Americans have received a full course of vaccine doses, in addition to the 40 million who've only received one dose. That way, states that need more doses based on demand could draw from that pool, according to an administration official.
"We're going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated", Biden said in remarks Tuesday.
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But he said the nuclear talks with Iran and its upcoming presidential elections formed a hard backdrop in all negotiations. The dual national was sentenced to an additional year in prison last week on charges of spreading "propaganda".
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.
The president's new goal would result in roughly half of the entire US population being vaccinated by early July.
He said the federal government would "move immediately" to make the Pfizer vaccine available to Americans as young as 12 years old, if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes it. The Biden administration also plans to ship vaccines directly to pediatricians over the following weeks.
"I'd like to get it 100%, but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July Fourth", Biden said. The administration realizes that the people who are most enthusiastic about being vaccinated already have been, per NPR.
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Deena Hinshaw reminded people the importance of everyone eligible choosing protection for themselves and those around them. He went on to implore Albertans to take the pandemic seriously. "We need to bend the curve in the next few weeks.