President Joe Biden announced a goal of giving 70% of adults at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4, his target date for a greater sense of normalcy around the country.
Biden also wants to have 160 million adults receive two vaccine doses in the next two months. He unveiled the new goals during remarks from the White House on Tuesday afternoon, according to senior administration officials.
“This means close to 100 million additional shots in arms over the next 60 days,” an official said.
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To try to achieve that, Biden is directing pharmacies involved in the federal vaccination program to offer walk-in appointments, reassigning Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to community, pop-up, and mobile vaccination sites, and reallocating vaccine stock to rural health providers, administration officials explained.
“The task before us in this next phase of the vaccination program: reaching Americans who face significant hurdles to get vaccinated, as well as those who are skeptical or less motivated,” an official said.