President Joe Biden wants 160 million US adults to be vaccinated by July 4.
President Joe Biden: "Our goal by July 4 is to have 70 percent of adult Americans with at least one shot, and 160 million Americans fully vaccinated." pic.twitter.com/9CBkBXDwFp
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 4, 2021
“We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” the President said on Tuesday. “Two months from today… families across the country are going to celebrate the Fourth of July. Our goal, by July Fourth, is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and at least 160 million Americans vaccinated.”
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 145 million adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC data also reveals that the number of people being vaccinated is declining.
“The pace of vaccinations is slowing now that the majority of American adults have gotten their first shot. But we’re still vaccinating millions of Americans every day,” President Biden said.
The Biden administration is working to get individuals in underserved communities vaccinated. $130 million in funding will be used to improve vaccine education and information.
“You know there’s a lot of disinformation out there, but there’s one fact I want every American to know: People who are not fully vaccinated can still die every day from COVID-19,” President Biden said. “This is your choice: it’s life and death, and I hope everyone knows within themselves and makes the choice that’s going to help them and their loved ones be safe.”
“We know we’re going to get to a place where the doubters exist or people who just are… I don’t want to say lazy, just not sure how to get to where they want to go (to get vaccinated). It’s going to be hard,” the President said. “We’re going to keep at it. And I think 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.”
The administration is offering different incentives to get people vaccinated.
“We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” President Biden said.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s double-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens ages 12 to 15 next week.