US to reallocate COVID shots to states with greater interest

US to reallocate COVID shots to states with greater interest

As of Tuesday, the CDC reports that 56% of the adult population has one shot of the vaccine, and about 105 million adults are fully vaccinated.

Amid a worrisome dip in Americans getting COVID-19 shots, President Biden said the USA vaccination effort is entering a "new phase", with the administration making it easier to get a vaccine, including by unveiling a new federal website to get appointments and directing pharmacies to allow walk-ins.

More than half of the US adult population has taken one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S.is now administering first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day - half the rate of three weeks ago, but nearly twice as fast as needed to meet Biden's target.

The new initiatives, which come with hundreds of millions of federal dollars for local community groups and public education campaigns, are being rolled out at a time when vaccination rates are dropping after initial high demand.

But the struggle to break through many Americans' vaccine hesitancy is apparent in the less ambitious target that Biden announced. But states will now be able to choose whether they want all of their allocation, or contribute some doses to a federal pool. The move marks a shift toward a model that governors such as Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer have called for to meet surges in new cases.

The U.S.is quickly exhausting the pool of people who want a vaccine and is shifting efforts to focus on those who are less motivated, or who are skeptical about the Covid-19 vaccine.

The president's July 4th goal apparently includes expanding vaccine access.

To make it more convenient for Americans to get shots, the administration will urge pharmacies and states to offer more walk-in appointments, send more doses to rural health clinics and direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support more mobile vaccination clinics, the officials said.

Biden will also allocate $250 million to community-based organizations and $250 million to state and local governments in the hopes of distributing more vaccines.

"I'd like to get it 100%, but I think realistically we can get to that place between now and July Fourth", Biden said.

Biden's predecessor, former President Donald Trump, launched the national vaccination program but faced criticism for his slow response to the pandemic, spreading misinformation about the virus and his slow endorsement of the vaccine to his supporters - many of whom have delayed getting it because of concerns and conspiracy theories about its safety.

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