On Tuesday, President Joe Biden outlined his new goal of getting 70% of the adult population in the U.S. at least one vaccine dose by the 4th of July. His plan involves making access to vaccinations more convenient and convincing people who are hesitant to get the doses.
The new goal follows last week’s announcement that almost 148 million Americans have had at least one dose. Furthermore, almost one-third of the population have received full vaccination doses. By Independence Day, Biden hopes for 160 million Americans to have the full course of the vaccination. This would require the government to administer 100 million shots in the next 60 days.
The new goal is part of the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign. The aim is to focus on individuals who are hesitant in getting the vaccine, as well as those who are experiencing barriers in accessing it. Surveys have shown that 25% of the U.S. population do not intend on getting any vaccination. Biden responded, “Now we’re going to have to bring the vaccine to people who are less eager. We need you.” He also added, “In two months, let us celebrate our independence as a nation and our independence from this virus. We can do this. We will do this.’’ He is hoping that those who are hesitant to get the vaccine will be motivated by the fact that if they fail to get it, they may cause others to get sick or die.
The government unveiled a new number – 438829 – where people can send a message with their zip code and receive information about nearby vaccination sites. This will eliminate barriers for Americans who are unsure where to get the vaccine or have difficulty registering for appointments. The administration is also preparing to begin to administer vaccinations to adolescents.