Washington – President Biden set a new goal of having 160 million American adults fully vaccinated and at least 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4, increasing efforts to reach rural areas and communities whereis late.
“As we expected, the pace of vaccinations is slowing down now that a majority of American adults have already had their first shot,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “Soon we have reached the adults who are most eager to be vaccinated, and at this point this effort will shift … Now we will have to bring the vaccine to people who are less eager.”
Sir. Biden said the administration will “make it easier than ever” to get a shot as the United States enters a “new phase” of the vaccination campaign.
The president said the administration is making new efforts to achieve its goal by instructing pharmacies to offer walk-in vaccines, deploy mobile vaccination clinics, increase funding for community outreach work and encourage young people to be vaccinated if and when a shot is fired. approved for use in adolescents. He instructed the Americans to a new site, vaccines.gov, to find a nearby vaccination site.
As of Monday, more than 104 million adults or 40% of the adult population were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The percentage of adults who have had at least one shot was 56.3%.
The Food and Drug Administration isPfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for use among young people early next week. The president said the administration is ready to start vaccinating young people as soon as the agency approves its use.
“I want American parents to know that if this announcement comes, we’re ready to move right away … to make about 20,000 pharmacies across the country ready to vaccinate these young people as soon as the FDA gives its OK. , “said Biden. .
The new push to reach the unvaccinated is coming as states have begun to lift pandemic-related restrictions and demand for the shots has declined. The Biden administrationTuesday that it is changing the use of vaccine doses to allow disorderly shootings to be sent to other states where demand is higher, several officials familiar with the plan told CBS News.
Under the new plan, if a state does not need as many doses as it is allocated based on its population, those doses will be redirected to a new federal pool that can be utilized by other states with higher demand. States could order up to 50% more than their weekly allotment, officials said. But they stressed that it is not a “use or lose it” system.
At least 25 states told CBS News that they did not order all the available doses assigned to them this week.
The president said the shift in focus to convincing Americans to get the vaccine is in some ways easier than the administration’s early efforts to increase production and distribution of the vaccine, but acknowledged the challenge of convincing skeptical Americans to get the shots.
“I think at the end of the day, most people will be convinced of the fact that their inability to get the vaccine can make others sick and maybe die,” Biden said. “And then in one sense it’s easier because I do not have to put together this massive logistical effort. But in the other sense it’s harder – it’s beyond my personal control.”
The CDC unveiled updated guidelines last week outlining activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including relaxing mask use in most outdoor settings. More than 577,000 Americans have died from the virus, and there were nearly 30,000 new cases Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Corey Rangel, Ed O’Keefe and Max Bayer contributed reporting.