Just over 67% of American adults have received at least one vaccine against Covid-19 and more than 157 million Americans are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday morning, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Biden’s goal was to have 70% of Americans with at least one stroke and 160 million Americans fully immunized by July 4.
In a speech at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, the president reiterated his plea for Americans to get vaccinated.
“The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family, and the people you care about is get vaccinated,” Biden said. “The best thing a community can do to protect itself is to increase vaccination rates. You can do it. “
Biden described five key areas his administration is focusing on as it strives to get more Americans vaccinated and protect the population against the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Biden discussed expanding the mobile clinic efforts and accessibility of Covid-19 vaccines by setting up workplace vaccination clinics and helping ensure paid time off for employees to get vaccinated.
Biden also stressed that the administration will continue to work with local governors and leaders and in the public and private sectors to get more Americans vaccinated.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Tuesday that the administration would continue to build on the efforts it has been most successful in.
“You don’t give up just because you haven’t reached everyone,” Psaki told reporters at a White House briefing. “We will continue to apply where we, what we have seen have been best practices over the past few months. “
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters last week that the United States still has work to do to vaccinate young Americans – especially 18 to 26-year-olds. Zients told CNN on Sunday that the federal government would continue to facilitate vaccination for the public and the nation to increase the vaccination rate.
Despite falling just short of his holiday targets, the president spent the weekend touting the progress the country has made in its fight against the pandemic. He and First Lady Jill Biden threw their biggest party yet at the White House and welcomed 1,000 essential and military workers to the South Lawn to mark Independence Day.
But the celebration came at a time when federal officials warn of the Delta variant and redouble efforts to get vaccinated and protect the rest of the American population.
As a sign of heightened concern over the Delta variant, the White House recently announced it would deploy response teams made up of officials from the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Management Agency. emergencies across the United States in areas with a high spread of the virus due to the Delta variant and low vaccination rates. The teams will perform state-of-the-art testing, provide treatments like monoclonal antibodies, and deploy federal staff to areas that need support staff for vaccinations.
Another sign that the pandemic is far from over, officials said the administration was planning to extend the declaration of public health emergency for the pandemic that then-President Donald Trump announced in 2020 then. that it was due to expire this month.
Earlier this year, the administration said 90% of Americans live within 5 miles of a vaccination site.
This story and title was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.