‘The broad swath of American adults still remain largely unvaccinated. In a number of states, they weren’t eligible for the vaccination until this week,’ Biden said in a speech marking the 200 million COVID vaccine shot given during his presidency.
‘Too many younger Americans may still think they don’t need to get vaccinated,’ he said.
‘Our objective is to reach everyone, everyone over the age of 16 in America,’ Biden announced.
Over half of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine – the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots – but the distribution of shots is unequal. New Hampshire has given at least one shot to 59 per cent of its citizens while Mississippi and Alabama are at 30 percent.
133 million, or 51.5 percent, of adults have had one shot of the vaccine and 33.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. 40.5 percent of the entire US population has received at least one shot and 26.4 percent are inoculated, with the rollout yet to include children under 16.
And young adults – many of whom weren’t eligible to get a dose until Monday due to their general good health, age and low risk factors – are one of the lagging age groups when it comes to getting inoculated.
President Joe Biden warned Americans may not be able to celebrate July Fourth in small groups if the vaccination rate continues to drop
Biden warned that the declining vaccination rate could affect guidelines for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. In March, Biden said the nation could see an easing of COVID restrictions to allow small group celebrations on that day.
The president noted the country remains on track to reach that goal but cautioned that could change if vaccination rates continue to decrease.
‘If we let up now and stop being vigilant,’ he said, ‘we’re never going to get back to celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4 with family and friends in small groups.’
He reminded people that the COVID vaccine is available in a large number of areas, including local pharmacies.
‘If you can go into a busy by your shampoo or toothpaste, you can stop and get vaccinated. The vaccine is free. It’s convenient and it’s increasingly available,’ he said.
And, to help his administration’s push to increase the vaccination rate, Biden called on businesses large and small to give employees paid time off to get vaccinated.
‘I’m calling on every employer, large and small, in every state to give employees the time off they need with pay to get vaccinated and anytime they need with pay to recover if they’re feeling under the weather after the shot,’ he said.
‘No working American should lose a single dollar for their paycheck, because they chose to fulfill their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated,’ Biden added.
To help make that happen, the president announced that businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for a tax credit where they will be able to get reimbursed for any vaccination related paid time off they provide up to $511 per day, per employee.
The credits were passed as part of the America Rescue Plan.
The White House, earlier Wednesday, cited data from the
The White House argued the declining vaccination rate was not due to vaccine hesitancy but merely a matter of convenience for typically healthy young adults with low risk factors.
‘We don’t think that we’re talking about a group of people that are quote unquote vaccine hesitant,’ a senior administration official said on a briefing call with reporters. ‘We think we are now approaching groups of people who are just by the fact that they’re younger, they are less at risk, and therefore the urgency might be a little bit lower. It doesn’t mean that they’re hesitant to get the vaccine, it just means it needs to be more convenient for them.’
And White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was trying to address the concerns of adults who had not been vaccinated but wanted to be.
‘Many people who have not yet been vaccinated are concerned – they can’t take a day off of work, they don’t have additional paid leave, and so we’re trying to address that barrier,’ she said Wednesday at her press briefing.
On Monday, every state opened up its COVID guidelines to allow all adults to be vaccinate, per a call from Biden.
In recent weeks the White House has launched a massive outreach campaign to Americans to get vaccinated, relying on funding from the $1.9 trillion virus relief package passed last month to launch ads and fund direct community engagement to under-vaccinated constituencies.
The Biden administration is pushing to drive up the vaccination rate
In his remarks on Wednesday, Biden also announced that, as of Thursday, 200 million Americans have received one shot – a week ahead of his goal to pass that marker by his first 100 days in office.
‘It’s an incredible achievement for the nation,’ he said. ‘This is an American achievement – a powerful demonstration of unity and resolve.’
Biden set his goal of 200 million shots last month after meeting his 100 million-in-100 days goal just over a month ago.
At the time the U.S. was well on pace to meet the higher target, and the pace of vaccinations has only accelerated, to about 3 million shots per day.
According to CDC data, 50% of the country’s total adult population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 84 million American adults – or 33% of the adult population – have been fully vaccinated.
US will reach a ‘tipping point’ for the number of people WILLING to get vaccinated in next two to four weeks – making herd immunity harder to reach, new report warns
The U.S. is reaching a ‘tipping point’ in the number of people willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a new report published on Tuesday finds.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), vaccine supply will outpace demand within the next two to four weeks.
Most experts say that at least 70 percent of the population have to be immunized or have to have natural immunity from infection to achieve herd immunity.
However, only 40.5 percent of Americans have received at least one dose and 26.4 percent are fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If the pace of vaccinations slow down before herd immunity is reached, it could lead to the spread of variants and delay the return to normalcy even further.
‘While timing may differ by state, we estimate that across the U.S. as a whole we will likely reach a tipping point on vaccine enthusiasm in the next [two] to [four] weeks,’ the report reads.
At the current pace of vaccinations, with about 1.7 million first doses being administered a day, vaccine supply will outpace demand in 15 days (far left) with 51.5% of adults have received at least one dose and about 61% in total planning to do so
‘Once this happens, efforts to encourage vaccination will become much harder, presenting a challenge to reaching the levels of herd immunity that are expected to be needed.’
According to a recent poll from KFF, 61 percent of adults, about 157 million, have either received one vaccine dose or want to get vaccinated as soon as they can – an increase from 55 percent the month before
As of Wednesday afternoon, 51.5 percent, or 133 million, have already done so, CDC data show.
This means that 24 million adults will still need at least one dose before the so-called ‘enthusiasm limit’ is meant.
The KFF report found that with an average of 1.7 million first doses being administered each day, it will take 15 days – or two weeks – administered each day to vaccinate everyone who wants one.
About 17 percent of adults – representative of 38.4 million – said they plan to ‘wait and see’ before getting vaccinated.
If about a one-third of that group gets vaccinated, then it will take 22 days to reach the ‘tipping point.’
If half of the ‘wait and see’ group move, it will take about 28 days to reach the point where supply outstrips demand.
Several counties and clinics across the U.S. are already starting to see fewer people sign up for a shot.