The president announced that all adults will be eligible for the vaccine by May 1st an hour after signing into law a $1.9 trillion stimulus package.
“Here is the truth,” said the president. “The only way to get our lives back, to get our economy back on track, is to beat the virus.”
Here is Biden’s plan of action:
Increase in vaccine accessibility
- By May 1, states should have opened up eligibility for every adult in the United States, the federal government will debut a vaccine finder website that guides people to sites near them offering shots.
- Also, by May 1, the administration will launch a call center with a 1-800 number to assist those who might not have internet access in finding a vaccine.
- For states that sponsor vaccine appointment websites, the administration will assign staff in technical support jobs to help improve the sites’ performance.
More vaccination sites
- By mid-April, the administration will send vaccines to up to 700 more community health centers that typically serve lower-income patients, bringing the total number of those sites serving as vaccination centers to 950.
- More than 20,000 pharmacies will now administer the shots as part of the federal government’s pharmacy vaccine program, double the number that has so far participated.
- The administration is more than doubling the number of federally run mass vaccination sites, settings that the White House said would now be able to administer hundreds of thousands of shots a day under the aegis of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the military, and other agencies. At least 4,000 more active-duty troops are to be deployed to help the effort.
Expanding the number of vaccines administrators
- Beginning Friday, March 12, a dramatically larger pool of people trained in injections will be eligible to give Covid-19 shots, including dentists, medical students, midwives, optometrists, paramedics, podiatrists, and veterinarians.
- The Department of Health and Human Services is creating a website for people interested in volunteering to give shots that will help determine if they are eligible to do so.