Biden ramps up vaccination drive with new initiatives

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced plans for new vaccination initiatives to get more Americans vaccinated against the novel coronavirus after his administration missed a July 4 vaccination goal.

Biden delivered remarks on the United States’ vaccination efforts at the South Court Auditorium after receiving the latest briefing from members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

“It’s a year of hard-fought … progress. We can’t get complacent,” he said.

“Now, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family and the people you care about the most is get vaccinated.”

Biden said he wants to shift the country’s focus from mass vaccination sites to more targeted outreach of those who remain unvaccinated. In addition to door-to-door efforts, workplace events and mobile clinics, he called for primary care doctors to encourage their patients to get the shot.

“Our fight against this virus is not over,” Biden said.

“Right now, as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk.”

As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 67.1% of adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 58.2% being fully vaccinated. Including children aged 12 and older, 54.9% have received one shot, and 47.4% are fully vaccinated.

Biden had set a goal for 70% of all adults to have at least one dose by Independence Day. So far, only 18 of 50 states have reached the goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one shot.

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