United States President Joe Biden has set a new goal on May 4 of having 160 million American adults fully vaccinated and of having 70% of adults receive the first shot by July 4.
Biden said that a majority of adults have already received the first shot and that vaccination efforts at this point will shift in the “new phase” of the campaign to make receiving the doses “easier than ever.”
Biden announced that his administration is launching new efforts to reach the target, including directing pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments, increasing mobile vaccination clinics, shipping new allocations to rural health clinics, and providing additional funding for community outreach and engagement.
Biden also announced that his administration is launching a plan to get individuals aged between 12 to 15 vaccinated “as soon as possible,” if the Food and Drug Administration issues authorization for the age group.
Biden also said that convincing “doubters” of the vaccine is “going to be harder.”
“We’re going to have to bring the vaccine to people who are less eager. We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” Biden said.
But Biden added that “at the end of the day, most people will be convinced by the fact that their failure to get the vaccine may cause other people to get sick, and maybe die.”
“This is your choice: It’s life and death,” Biden said.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 147 million have received the first dose of the vaccine while over 106 million have been fully vaccinated.