Biden is slated to postpone the deadline for states to open pictures to all adults within the US by April 19
Joe Cobarrubio, 34, will receive a vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 5, 2021 in Artesia, California, United States.
Lucy Nicholson | Reuters
President Joe Biden is expected to announce Tuesday that states will open Covid-19 vaccine appointments for all adults in the United States by April 19, extending its original deadline by nearly two weeks, a White House official confirmed to NBC News .
Biden is expected to announce the new deadline later Tuesday after visiting a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia. While the deadline is voluntary, it puts public pressure on states to expand their eligibility guidelines.
A few weeks ago, Biden urged states, tribes and territories to question all adults in the US for a vaccination by May 1 at the latest. Most states, however, have already announced plans to open the rating to all adults by April 19. Only Hawaii and Oregon are havens, according to NBC News, no open eligibility plans have been announced as of this date.
Biden announced last week that 90% of adults in the US will be eligible for Covid-19 shots by April 19 and will be within five miles of their home on an expanded vaccination schedule. Around 40,000 pharmacies will sell the vaccine, up from 17,000, Biden said, and the US is setting up a dozen more mass vaccination sites by April 19.
“For the vast majority of adults, you don’t have to wait until May 1. You can be eligible for your shot on April 19,” Biden said on March 29 during a news conference on the government’s and Covid-19 response Vaccination efforts across the country.
Biden is pushing for 200 million Covid shots to be administered within his first 100 days in office. The pandemic rate of U.S. vaccinations averaged 3.1 million doses per day over the past week, according to Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior pandemic advisor.
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