President Biden announces new COVID-19 vaccination effort

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WASHINGTONPresident Biden on Wednesday declared June a “national month of action” to mobilize even more Americans to get vaccinated by July Fourth, in order to enjoy what he called “a summer of freedom.” The president is urging Americans who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated to get the COVID-19 shot, rolling out new incentives by the administration and private businesses across the country. “It’s never been easier to get vaccinated,” Biden said.  He is aiming for 70% of American adults to have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by July 4.

As of today 52% of American adults are fully vaccinated, the president said, and he encouraged young people to get their shots. Those who get vaccinated this week can be fully vaccinated by the week of July 4, the president said. The president warned that fall could see an increase in cases and deaths in places where not enough people have gotten vaccinated, and insisted that the COVID-19 vaccine is not a partisan matter.

“Getting the vaccine is not a partisan act,” he said. “The science was done under Democratic and Republican administrations. Matter of fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president.”

The president is calling June a “national month of action” to boost vaccinations by the upcoming holiday and outline an “all-of-America approach” to getting more shots in arms, including by tapping into national organizations, community- and faith-based partners, businesses, social media influencers, celebrities, athletes, colleges, young Americans and scores of volunteers.

To make it easier for Americans to get vaccinated, thousands of CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Albertsons pharmacies will  remain open late every Friday in June beginning next week.

During the campaign to boost vaccinations, the White House has launched partnerships with private-sector companies to make it easier for Americans to get their coronavirus shots. In addition to partnering with ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to vaccination sites, brewer Anheuser-Busch announced it is teaming up with the White House to help meet Mr. Biden’s July 4 vaccination goal.

As part of its “Let’s Grab a Beer” initiative, the beer giant will give Americans of legal drinking age a free beer when the U.S. reaches the White House’s benchmark of 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4.


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