President Joe Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, his administration announced on Tuesday.
He also sets a goal of having 160 million Americans, or about half of the American population, fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by that date.
The president is expected to officially announce those goals later Tuesday, exactly two months ahead of the goal date, with details of his plan to achieve that level of immunity.
Currently, 56% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 40% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The plan includes directing pharmacies to offer walk-in vaccinations, using the resources of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to strengthen pop-up and mobile vaccination clinics, and donating hundreds of million dollars in funding to community organizations and local governments to encourage vaccine uptake and education, especially among underserved communities.
The plan also includes directing funding to improve immunization rates in rural communities and launching a plan to immunize people under the age of 16 as soon as the Food and Drug Administration approves vaccines for the ranges of this. age group – which may be imminent.
Immunization rates across the country are not equal. At 61%, New Hampshire leads in the percentage of people who have received at least one shot and is closely followed by several other northeastern states. Mississippi, the state with the lowest rates today, only reached 31%, according to a New York Times tracker. Louisiana and Alabama have similar rates.
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