Every American adult is eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine starting today.
New Jersey, Massachusetts and Oregon were among a handful of states making the vaccine available to every adult on Monday, a deadline set by President Joe Biden. Now the White House has turned its attention to persuading Americans to get the hits.
“My friends, I have good news,” Biden said in a video posted to Twitter. “Everyone is eligible today to receive the vaccine. We’ve had enough, you need to be protected, and you in turn need to protect your neighbors and your family.
“So please take the vaccine.”
Being anxious about getting the vaccine is normal, expected, and can be resolved with education and role models, experts say.
“People who have questions deserve to have those questions answered. It’s fair and it’s on us, ”said Dr Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s vaccine research group.
Also in the news:
►Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said her state could see a drop in infections after leading the nation’s daily rate of COVID-19 cases for weeks. State health officials said on Friday that the seven-day average positivity rate had fallen in recent days to 17.1%, but remained above the December peak of 14.4%.
►The United States has reported that 32% of adults are fully vaccinated and that more than 50% of the American adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
►Public schools in Chicago, the third largest district in the country, reopened Monday for the first time since education was totally remote amid the pandemic more than a year ago.
► Israel lifted a public mask warrant and completely reopened its education system in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions following its mass vaccination campaign.
► Prosecutors charged a Minnesota man with felony assault and allege he attacked a home improvement store employee and a police officer after the store employee told him to wear a mask.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 31.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 567,200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: over 141.1 million cases and 3 million deaths. Nearly 264.5 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 209.4 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine break could be lifted this week, Fauci says
The break on use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine will likely be lifted by Friday, although some restrictions may be needed, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS “Face the Nation” that “you don’t want to get ahead of yourself and decide you know the full spectrum of that, which is one of the reasons they stopped and why, hopefully on Friday we will find out. “
Fauci, who also forwarded his message to NBC’s “Meet the Press”, said he doubts the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will simply “cancel” the J&J vaccine and continue to allow only two-dose vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
“Everything is on the table,” Fauci said. “My guess is that we’ll continue to use it in some form or another. I seriously doubt they’ll just cancel it. I don’t think that will happen. I think there will probably be some sort of ‘warning or restriction or risk assessment. “
States began halting use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine last week after federal health officials recommended a “cautionary” hiatus due to rare but dangerous blood clots.
France to start international travel next month
France will begin lifting travel restrictions on international travel with the United States and other non-European Union countries from next month, French President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News.
Macron told “Face the Nation” that officials in Paris are working to develop a way for “French, European but also American citizens” who are vaccinated to travel more freely by this summer. Macron said he had discussed with the White House potential plans to lift certain travel restrictions between France and the United States, although talks are still in their infancy.
Macron said that, ideally, travel would be open “to vaccinated U.S. citizens, with a special pass,” suggesting that a so-called vaccine certificate or passport would be required to travel to France.
– Matthew Brown
Contribute: The Associated Press