Biden announces that he is pushing back the deadline to make ALL adults eligible for vaccines by April 19
Biden announces he is pushing back the deadline by two weeks to make ALL adults eligible for vaccines by April 19 – when 41 states have already made it available
- President Joe Biden will announce that all adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 – two weeks ahead of his previous May 1 target
- Biden visits a vaccination site and makes comments from the White House on Tuesday afternoon about the state of the vaccination
- The announcement comes because 41 states have already announced they will make vaccines available to adults before April 19
Joe Biden will push back the goal of qualifying for vaccination by two weeks as he plans to announce Tuesday that all U.S. adults can be vaccinated against the coronavirus by April 19 – even though 34 states have already opened it up to persons of 16 years and older.
An administrative officer told CNN that the president is expected to make the announcement during comments on the state of vaccinations at the White House Tuesday afternoon. Biden will also credit the governors for the change after most of the announcements made are in line with or exceed his previous goal.
Some liberal states more affected by the pandemic are less ambitious about vaccination eligibility, including California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Oregon.
Speaking last week, Biden said 90% of adults would be eligible for vaccines by mid-April – and the previous goal was to open it to anyone over 18 by May 1.
President Joe Biden will announce in a speech at the White House on Tuesday that all adults will be eligible for the COVID vaccine by April 19 – two weeks ahead of his previous May 1 goal.
The announcement comes because 41 states will be eligible for vaccines for people 16 and older as early as April 19
Before Biden’s new target is revealed, 41 states will already be eligible for adult vaccines. And four other governors have announced they will open it on April 19.
While eligibility is growing at a rapid pace, it does not necessarily mean that U.S. vaccination rates will increase
Some states face obstacles in getting shots in the arms of even those more at risk, such as those over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions.
People have complained about lonely waiting times and queues, while others say they can’t even book an appointment and spend their days refreshing web pages trying to find a moment to take the picture.
A few states have even reported a shortage of shots.
Notably, last week, a facility in Baltimore, Maryland, had to throw out 15 million one-time doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after an ingredient error.
The administration set some low targets that they easily surpassed and later changed to be more ambitious.
Upon taking office, Biden said he wanted to get 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. He far exceeded that goal, later saying the new goal is to get 200 million vaccinations for 100 days.
Biden’s goal is to have 200 million vaccines delivered by his 100th day in office
Speaking last week, Biden said he is aiming to get a vaccination site within 5 miles of 90% of Americans by April 19 – primarily by increasing the number of sites of the federal pharmacy vaccination program from 17,000 to 40,000.
In addition to comments on the progress of the vaccination from the White House, the president will also visit a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday afternoon.
During his speech, Biden is also expected to have given 150 million doses of the vaccine in the first 75 days, meaning he is well on track to reach his 200 million goal.
He will also draw attention to a record-breaking day last weekend, where 4 million doses were delivered over a 24-hour period.