President Biden will announce on Tuesday afternoon that he runs tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments for coronavirus vaccines, to create daMore pop-up and mobile clinics and ship more doses to rural clinics, all aimed at vaccinating 70% of American adults at least partially by July 4.
The efforts reflect a shift in administration strategy as the pace of the national immunization effort slows. The federal government has also ruled that if states do not order their full allocation of doses in a given week, that supply can be shifted to other states that want more.
In an afternoon address, the President plans to commit more funds to awareness campaigns aimed at convincing those reluctant to opt out. get vaccinated because of the need to protect their own health and that of others. The number of vaccines administered daily has slowed by about half since its peak in mid-April, despite a fbatch of vaccines available.
Senior health officials have decided that herd immunity - the point at which the virus dies for lack of hosts to transmit it - will likely remain elusive . But if 70 to 85 percent of the population is vaccinated, the infection rate will be low enough that normal life is within reach, senior administration officials have said.
The President will call for an estimated 160 million adults to be fully immunized by Independence Day. As of Monday, more than 105 million Americans were fully immunized and at least 56% of adults - or 147 million people - had received at least one vaccine. This has contributed to a sharp decline in infections, hospitalizations and deaths in all age groups,federal officials said.
To increase vaccine availability, the White House has advised states that if they choose not to order their full vaccine allocation each week, the doses will return to a federal pool so that other states can draw from it, according to state and federal authorities.
States that do not claim their full allowance one week will not be penalized because they will still be able to claim the full amount next week, officials said.
The offset, reported earlier Tuesday by the Washington Post , makes little difference to some states like Virginia, which have steadily cut back toso many doses that the federa government was ready to ship. But it might help some states that are able to use more doses than the federal government has allocated to them based on their population. They will now be allowed to request up to 50% more doses than the government had allocated them.
Until now, White House officials were unwilling to transfer doses to states that were quicker to administer them for fear that rural areas or underserved communities are lost to urban or richer areas where residents are more willing to be vaccinated.
But with vaccination slowing across the country, authorities have determined that releasing unused animals its weeks by week will not exacerbate the problems equity. Some representatives of the StateYou haven't been arguing for change for weeks.