Biden Calls On Nearly 40,000 Pharmacies To Give These WEEKs Of COVID Vaccines To Americans – Even When They Don’t Have Appointments
- President Joe Biden called on all pharmacies working with the government to start administering COVID-19 vaccines without an appointment
- He also asked that state-run clinics offer walk-in vaccinations for Americans
- It’s because the average number of people getting a first or single dose is down 50% from its peak on April 13
- To improve access to the vaccine, Biden’s administration released a website and phone number to text to find appointments
- Biden set a goal for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4, and for 70% of adults to have one shot at bringing the country back to normal
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden (pictured) called on all pharmacies working with the federal government to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines without appointments.
President Joe Biden is leading thousands of pharmacies across the country to administer coronavirus vaccines to Americans without an appointment starting this week.
This means that people can now walk into nearly 40,000 drug stores at any hour and get a COVID-19 shot.
“Walk into your local pharmacy without an appointment,” Biden said during a televised address Tuesday afternoon.
Go to the doctor or local health clinic. It is free. It is near. Any adult is eligible. Start shooting as soon as possible. ‘
He also called on state-run clinics to offer walk-in vaccinations, although many states, such as New York, have already done so.
During the speech, Biden also outlined other steps in his government’s new strategy to improve access to the vaccine, including a website and text message number.
Several pharmacies had already started administering vaccines without prior notice.
CVS and Walgreens both offer the same day appointments, and Rite Aid began accepting run-in vaccinations “ on a limited basis ” last week.
Part of this is due to declining demand, with the average number of people receiving a first or single dose dropping 50 percent from its peak on April 13.
“As we expected, the rate of vaccination is slowing now that the majority of American adults have already received their first injection,” Biden said.
“We will soon be reaching the adults most eager to get vaccinated, and that’s when this effort is shifting to a new stage.”
Biden also requested that state-run clinics offer walk-in vaccinations for Americans. Pictured: Kate Dusel, eighth grade teacher, gets her vaccine in Providence, Rhode Island, March 4
The federal government has since rolled out Vaccines.gov, which allows users to search for vaccines near them using their zip code.
Likewise, Americans can also text their zip code to 438829 to find appointments.
Biden also set a goal for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by July 4 and for 70 percent of adults to get a shot in the arm in an effort to bring the country back to normal.
But at the same time, he recognizes how difficult it will be to convince millions of vaccine skeptics to take the chance.
“I realistically think we can get to that place between now and July 4,” he said.
“And besides, it’s not like July 4 when the doors close. I just picked July 4th to try and get in a place where we’re getting closer to normal again. And so we’re going to vaccinate people next fall. ‘
The new target will require nearly 100 million extra shots to the arms over the next 60 days.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 105 million people – 31 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated and 147 million – 44 percent – have had at least one injection.
The president also acknowledged that his government has work to do to address the hesitation about vaccines.
“But I think what’s going to happen,” Biden said.
“It is my prayer that more and more people who are getting vaccinated will start listening to people they love and who are around and say, why don’t you just do it.”
He added, “I think most people will eventually be convinced that their lack of vaccination can cause other people to get sick and maybe even die.”