WASHINGTON (Associated Press)-President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he is extending the state deadline for all adults in the United States to be eligible for coronavirus vaccination.
The White House media said that as states gradually expand the scope of eligibility beyond priority groups such as seniors and basic front-line workers, the president will announce that every adult is eligible to sign and receive virtual vaccinations before April 19. Secretary Jen Psaki (Jen Psaki).
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After visiting the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Emmanuel Chapel of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, Biden announced the news at the White House. He thanked everyone for managing the shots and showing up to accept them.
Biden said: “This is the way to beat it.” “Vaccination when possible.”
The President also said that no one should be concerned about the emergence of coronavirus mutations in the United States after being discovered in other countries. He acknowledged that this new strain is more toxic and dangerous, but he said that “these vaccines are effective against all strains.”
Psaki said that Biden’s announcement will make the public more clear.
She said: “This reduces the confusion and ensures that Americans who have not yet been vaccinated, and hope that the Americans who have been vaccinated know that they are eligible. All adults, I should say it was April 19.”
Since the inauguration on January 20, Biden is also expected to announce that 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be injected into his arms. This puts the president on the right track in achieving his new goal of fighting 200 million needles on the 100th day. He took office on April 30.
Biden’s original goal was to reach 100 million shots by the end of his first 100 days, but that number was reached in March.
The declaration of vaccine eligibility is somewhat symbolic, and states have begun to extend the deadline from the original May 1 target. At the same time, a large number of vaccine supplies will be sent to the states this week.
Psaki announced at the daily briefing that White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients told the governor on a weekly conference call on Tuesday that more than 28 million doses of COVID-19 will be shipped to states this week. vaccine.
Psaki said this distribution has brought the total number of vaccines distributed in the past three weeks to more than 90 million doses.
On Monday alone, at least a dozen states opened up eligibility to people over the age of 16, and New Jersey and Oregon announced this week that all residents over the age of 16 will be eligible on April 19.
The President announced last week that in addition to having vaccination sites within 5 miles of home, 90% of adults will be eligible for one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines by April 19 .
But the eligibility is not the same as the actual vaccination. Eligibility means that people can register to keep their place in the virtual circuit until they can schedule an appointment.
Psaki said of the vaccination: “That doesn’t mean they can get it on the same day.” “It means that if they don’t do this in advance, they can join on that day.”
Psaki said that elderly people who are still waiting for vaccination should seek appointments as soon as possible, “because the queue time will be longer.” “There will be more people waiting.”
The White House said Monday that nearly one-third of Americans and more than 40% of adults have at least one shot, and nearly one-quarter of adults have been fully vaccinated. Now, 65% of people over 65 have been vaccinated at least once, and more than 55% of them have been fully vaccinated.
Two of the three vaccines need to be administered twice several weeks apart. The third vaccine only needs to be injected once.
Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.