United States President Joe Biden announced on June 2 a “national month of action,” outlining additional steps to get 70% of Americans receive at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.
As part of a plan to mobilize an “all-of-America Sprint” to reach the 70% mark by Independence Day, a goal he set last May,
Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris and other senior administration officials to lead a nationwide vaccination tour in the coming weeks, spreading vaccination information.
Thousands of pharmacies nationwide will also extend hours every Friday to make room for more available appointments.
Four of the nation’s largest childcare providers will also offer free childcare until July 4 to parents and caregivers who are getting their vaccine or recovering from it.
The Biden administration will also launch a “Shots at the Shop” initiative in which Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons across the country will inform customers about the vaccines and will host on-site vaccination events.
Mayors across the country are also launching the “Mayors Challenge,” a competition to see which city can increase its vaccination rate the most before the deadline.
The plan also includes free beer for every American aged 21 years and above from Anheuser-Busch when the goal is reached.
Biden warned in his address that those who are not yet vaccinated remain at risk of getting seriously ill, dying, or spreading the disease to someone else.
“We need everyone across the country to pull together to get us over the finish line,” Biden urged and specifically called on people aged under 40 years “to step up.”
“Exercise your freedom to live without fear. Get vaccinated,” Biden said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62.9% of adult Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.