WASHINGTON – All adults in the United States must be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by April 19, the White House said President Joe Biden will announce in a speech Tuesday.
The new deadline for states – which is two weeks earlier than Biden had previously targeted – should not be difficult to meet, as several states have already begun administering the vaccine to anyone over 16 who wants it.
“The president will officially announce later in the afternoon that we have reached 150 million gunshots since we entered government,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the daily briefing. “On April 1
CNN first reported Biden’s planned eligibility announcement. Most states have already announced that they will open eligibility to all adults by April 19, when only Hawaii is left, according to NBC News’ census. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted after Biden’s scheduled announcement was reported that her state would also make residents over the age of 16 eligible for vaccinations from that date.
Biden had announced in his first prime-time speech as president last month that he was instructing states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccinations by May 1st.
The president’s announcement on Tuesday comes as officials have expressed concern over yet another increase in Covid-19 cases, with the incidence increasing in young adults. New cases of Covid-19 over the past week have increased by 7 percent over the previous period, hospitalizations have increased by 3 percent and deaths have dropped slightly to around 800 a day, officials said at a Coronavirus briefing in The White House on Monday.
Among those 65 and older, 55 percent of whom are fully vaccinated, there has been a decline in emergency room visits and hospitalizations, officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated, and approx. 40 percent have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Shannon Pettypiece the contribution.