“We’re going to make vaccination easier than ever,” Biden said in his remarks Tuesday.
He added, “Two months from now… families across the country will be celebrating July 4th. Our goal, by July 4, is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one stroke and at least 160 Americans fully immunized. “
To achieve this goal, Biden ordered tens of thousands of pharmacies participating in the Federal Pharmacy Program to offer walk-in appointments and redirect Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to support more than pop-up clinics, smaller community vaccination sites and more mobile clinics, senior officials said.
The Biden administration will also ship new Covid-19 vaccine allocations to rural health clinics across the country and provide additional funding to help communities carry out outreach to help get more Americans vaccinated.
Extending emergency clearance to people in this age group would open up Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to an additional 5% of the U.S. population.
“We can mobilize immediately,” a senior administration official told reporters if emergency use permission was granted. The official said about half of the federal pharmacy program will be ready to vaccinate this age group and the vaccines will be ready to ship to pediatricians and family physicians.
As of Tuesday, more than 105 million Americans were fully immunized, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 147 million Americans received at least one dose of the vaccine. Biden’s new target will require nearly 100 million additional weapons fire over the next 60 days, the official said.
The measures come as the Biden administration rushes to get gunfire as variants spread across the country and threaten to derail the nation’s progress in fighting the pandemic.
After spending months focusing on increasing vaccine supply and distribution, the White House is now focused on tackling vaccine reluctance. Tuesday’s announcements are the latest efforts to build confidence in the safety and efficacy of the three Covid-19 vaccines that have been cleared for use in the United States.
Biden spoke on Tuesday about making access to vaccines more convenient, supporting community education on vaccines and local outreach efforts, and reaching people in rural communities as part of the Covid-19 response. administration.
“The pace of vaccinations is slowing now that the majority of American adults have received their first vaccine. But we continue to immunize millions of Americans every day, ”Biden said, adding that in the past 10 days, 1 in 10 American adults had had a chance.
Earlier on Tuesday, the White House confirmed that as part of the new phase of the immunization program, the federal government is considering redistributing vaccine doses if states do not order all the vaccines allocated to them each week.
States will still receive allowances based on their population, but the change means that if a certain state does not order all available doses, the White House will redistribute them and likely give them to a state that has a higher demand than its allocation. .
The President announced nearly $ 250 million in funding for community organizations to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists and others to improve the access to Covid-19 vaccines for those hardest hit by the pandemic.
Biden also announced funding of more than $ 130 million to improve education and information about vaccines and work to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.
Nearly $ 250 million will be immediately allocated to states, territories and some large municipalities to fund the next phase of their vaccine awareness efforts. More than $ 100 million in donations will go to approximately 4,600 rural health clinics across the country to support vaccine awareness in rural communities.
In addition, nearly $ 860 million in funding will be used to help rural health clinics and rural hospitals expand their capacity to test and mitigate Covid-19 to stop the spread of the virus.
“We’re going to make vaccination easier than ever,” Biden said.
The president also pointed out that the vaccine was a science-led apolitical endeavor, crediting the Trump administration for approving two Covid-19 vaccines used in the United States and thanking Republicans in Congress for their efforts.
“I want to be clear. I’ve been saying this for a long time, but I truly believe it’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. The science behind vaccines has been under development for decades. Two of our vaccines have been authorized under previous administrations. , Republican Administrations, ”Biden said during remarks at the White House. “My administration, a Democratic administration, is doing the work to get hundreds of millions of shots. While we don’t always agree on everything, this is something that people from all political walks of life can agree on. “
He continued, “You know, there is a lot of misinformation out there, but there is one fact that I want every American to know: People who are not fully vaccinated can still die every day from Covid-19. “
“It’s your choice: it’s life or death, and I hope everyone knows within themselves and makes the choice that will help them and their loved ones be safe,” Biden said.
This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.
CNN’s Jason Hoffman and Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.