Joe Biden on Monday pleaded with Republican governors ending mask mandates to restore requirements in their states and pause reopenings as the government continues to expand responsiveness to vaccines and inoculation sites.
“I repeat my call to every governor, mayor and local leader to restore the mask mandate,” Biden said Monday afternoon during comments on the White House’s coronavirus response. “Please, this isn’t politics.”
“Restore the mandate if you abandon it,” he demanded. And companies would also need masks. Not taking this virus seriously, which is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place, risks more cases and more deaths. ‘
Look, as I do my part to accelerate the spread of vaccines and vaccinations, I also need the American people to do their part. Mask on, ”Biden said. ‘Mask on. It’s a patriotic duty. It’s the only way we’ll ever get back to normal. ‘
Earlier this month, Biden called it “ Neanderthal thinning ” when the governors of Mississippi and Texas ended their mask mandates.
President Joe Biden pleaded with Republican governors on Monday to ‘restore mask mandates’ and stop reopening in their states
“I repeat my call to every governor, mayor and local leader to restore the mask mandate,” Biden said during remarks on Monday’s pandemic. Please, this is not politics. Restore the mandate if you let it down ‘
Biden also announced Monday that by April 19 there would be a vaccination site within five miles of 90% of Americans and that those 18 and older would be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
During remarks at the White House’s South Court Auditorium, the president announced that the government is launching an initiative to get a vaccination site within five miles of 90% of Americans by mid-April.
Also, by April 19, Biden said that nine out of ten American adults would be eligible for a vaccination against the coronavirus.
However, eligibility does not guarantee that individuals can get vaccinated at any time if states struggle with low supply and nomination restrictions.
At the end of his comments Monday, a reporter called out a question asking if the state should stop reopening plans, to which Biden turned halfway across the room and said, “Yes.”
The plan is to “get more people vaccinated soon,” the White House said. However, it is unclear whether vaccination processes, waiting times and appointment windows will improve as the number of eligible individuals increases.
Biden announced that by mid-next month, 400,000 pharmacies will distribute COVID vaccines, nearly doubling the sanity for vaccinations.
When he was inaugurated, Biden set a goal of getting 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days at the office. With a successful rollout of vaccinations, Biden has now doubled that goal to 200 million in his first 100 days as president.
With long waits and vaccine shortages and appointments, it is unclear whether eligibility will also increase and access improve
Biden recently doubled his goal of getting 200 million doses of vaccine into Americans’ arms in the first 100 days of his tenure
Despite a mostly positive outlook on the vaccine situation in the US, several states that have opened vaccinations for all adults are struggling with problems.
Biden’s announcement comes because more than a dozen states are already eligible for vaccination for people over the age of 16 or 18, depending on the state.
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Monday that all Texans 16 and older – about 22 million people – can now get the COVID-19 vaccination. However, as the state becomes more eligible, it has become increasingly difficult to get a shot in the arm.
Vaccine doses are scarce in the Lone Star State, and it takes weeks, sometimes months, to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated.
After administering more than 10 million vaccine doses, Texas is expected to receive more than 1 million first doses this week.
Minnesota also announced that this month on March 30 is vaccine eligibility for anyone 16 and older.
Finding an appointment for vaccination is also a daunting task.
Minneapolis Vaccine Hunters in a Facebook group of 40,000 people dedicated to finding and compiling accurate and up-to-date information about where to find vaccine appointments in the area.
In several states, such as Texas and Minnesota, where vaccines are scarce due to high demand, many have spent all day on web pages trying to book an appointment.
Some states have already opened up vaccinations to all citizens 16 or 18 and older
But some states have shortages and are unable to schedule vaccination appointments as soon as people request and qualify
In some states, getting an appointment is less of an issue, but waiting times at the vaccination sites can be several hours.
West Virginia, Alaska, Texas, and Mississippi already allow all adults to get the shot, while there are future plans for the same move for Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, Arizona, Minnesota, and others.
Other states are keeping the process a bit more restrictive, including hard-hit areas like New York and Florida.