Biden Moves Up the Deadline for COVID Vaccines Eligibility for All Adults


Liz Wilbur, Writer

This past Tuesday, April 6th, President Biden announced that he is moving up the deadline for the COVID vaccine to be available to all adults, from May 1st to April 19th. ¨This is moved up by just about two weeks. With all states having opened eligibility to the public or at least having announced when they plan to do so, Biden announced that every adult in the country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, instead of his original deadline of May 1.¨ stated a representative from CNN. Biden has stated that 150 million doses of the covid vaccine has been administered within his first 75 days of him being in office.  And a stated goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office. While Biden was pleased with the progress, he also stressed the US to continue to ramp up efforts to beat the pandemic.

“We know what we have to do. We have to ramp up a whole of government approach that rallies the whole country and puts us on a war footing to truly beat this virus. And that’s what we’ve been doing, getting enough vaccine supply, mobilizing more vaccinators, creating more places to get vaccinated, and we’re now administering an average of 3 million shots per day, over 20 million shots a week,” Biden said. He also said that more than 75% of people over the age of 65 have gotten a shot and over 55% of them are fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a number that was at 8% when he took office.
¨CNN has previously reported that all 50 states have announced when they plan to open vaccinations to everyone who is eligible if they haven’t done so already. New Jersey, South Dakota and Nebraska have announced plans to expand eligibility to those 16 years and older before Biden’s new deadline, and other states currently plan to open eligibility by May 1. Biden is expected to credit the governors’ effort to meet his May 1 deadline for this change.¨ said CNN.
Biden has used federal funds to create new community vaccination centers across the country and launched mobile vaccination clinics as well as provider partnerships to reach under-served urban areas and rural communities. Bidens administration has also recently launched a national vaccine promotional campaign to encouraging hesitant Americans to get immunized. This is using funds from his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic relief package.
According to CNN  ¨More than 555,600 Americans have died from Covid-19 as of Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. Approximately 167 million vaccines have been administered, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.¨