The Joe Biden administration has announced it is “intensifying efforts” to increase the take-up in its Covid vaccine roll-out by sending “outreach” teams to knock on doors and pressure people to “get Americans vaccinated”. The Epoch Times has the story.
Because millions of Americans are unvaccinated and due to the so-called ‘Delta’ Covid variant that’s spreading, Biden said that his administration will attempt to ramp up vaccination efforts.
“Do it now,” said Biden during a White House press conference, referring to getting vaccinated.
The President said that people will be “knocking on doors” to get “help to the remaining people” who aren’t vaccinated. It’s part of a community outreach program, he said, that is being set up as mass vaccination sites are being phased out.
Biden also spoke about how his administration plans to make the vaccine available in more healthcare settings.
Those initiatives include providing more assistance to thousands of pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and other medical facilities so they can distribute vaccines, Biden said. Vaccines will also be doled out at sporting events, summer events, and religious activities, he added.
“We’re intensifying efforts to meet people out where they are,” the President said.
Younger Americans, Biden added, seem particularly reluctant to get the vaccine. The President argued they’re more at risk of contracting the Delta variant and that the strain is responsible for most new Covid cases.
“Seems to me, it should cause everyone to think twice,” Biden said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration’s efforts will include “targeted by community door-to-door outreach to get remaining Americans vaccinated.” It’s not clear how the administration plans to accomplish this, and neither she nor Biden provided any more details.
The administration will first target communities with lower vaccination rates, she added. The door-to-door outreach efforts will get information about vaccines to people who haven’t received them yet.
The plan is part of the Government’s Covid response after the White House fell shy of its self-imposed July 4th deadline to get 70% of American adults at least one vaccination shot. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 67% of American adults have received at least one shot and more than 157 million are fully vaccinated.
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