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As vaccination rates drop, is President Biden's new July 4 goal doable?

Biden is focusing on three areas in order to increase vaccination rates.

News 12 Staff

May 5, 2021, 11:22 AM

Updated 1,169 days ago


President Joe Biden's new goal to get 70% of adult Americans vaccinated by July 4 comes as CDC data shows the pace of vaccinations is slowing.
Biden is focusing on three areas in order to increase vaccination rates:
Children 12-15 is first, with that age group expected to be allowed to get the Pfizer vaccine by next week.
"Not only do we want to get it done in time for school. We want to get it done in time so kids can really enjoy their summertime activities without having to worry, without wearing masks," says White House COVID-19 Response Senior Adviser Andy Slavitt.
Advisers have scheduled an emergency meeting for next Wednesday as the FDA reviews the Pfizer vaccine for the younger age range.
The second focus is making it easier to get vaccinated. That means getting away from mass vaccination sites.
"And really putting in walk-in capabilities in 40,000 or so pharmacies throughout the country, getting mobile units going," says Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The third focus is overcoming vaccine hesitancy by getting the word out and changing the narrative.
The White House says it is an ambitious plan, but one with no backup.
"It's a stretch goal, but it's an achievable goal," says White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
As of now, more than 106 million Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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