Biden announces that all US adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19


Joe Biden President Joe Biden delivers remarks about vaccinations, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington

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  • Biden announced on Tuesday that all US adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by April 19.
  • About 32% of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 19% are fully vaccinated.
  • Biden's goal is for 200 million shots to be administered in his first 100 days.
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President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Tuesday afternoon during which he moved up the timeline for all American adults to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to April 19.

In his first televised address as president on March 11, Biden had directed states to make the vaccine available to all American adults by May 1. He had also said that the United States would procure enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans by the end of May.

"I'm announcing today that we're moving that date up from May 1 to April 19 nationwide," Biden said. "That means that no later than April 19, in every part of this country, every adult over the age of 18 will be eligible to be vaccinated. No more confusing rules. No more confusing restrictions."

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Biden toured a vaccination site in Virginia on Tuesday before giving his speech just after 4 p.m. ET while Vice President Kamala Harris visited a labor union-run vaccine site in Chicago forged as a collaboration between the city of Chicago and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Biden said that 150 million vaccine doses have so far been administered under his administration. The president's goal is for 200 million shots to be put into Americans' arms by the end of his first 100 days on April 30.

Despite the progress in vaccinations, Biden warned Americans not to get complacent as COVID-19 cases rise nationwide.

"The virus is spreading because we have too many people who've seen the end in sight and think we're at the finish line already. But let me be deadly earnest with you: we're not at the finish line yet. We still have a lot of work to do. We're still in a life-and-death race against this virus," Biden said.

Several states have already opened up eligibility to residents 16 and up or announced plans to do so by May 1. Providers have administered three million vaccine daily doses on average over the past week, according to The New York Times.

"My message today is a simple one: many states have already opened up to all adults. But beginning April 19, every adult in every state in this country is eligible to get in line to get a COVID vaccination," he said.

As of Tuesday, 108 million Americans - or a little over 32% of the population - had received at least one vaccine dose, while 62.3 million Americans - making up 19% of the population - had been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pfizer and BioNTech's two-dose vaccine series are authorized for people aged 16 and up, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines are only authorized for adults 18 and above. Biden also announced that among Americans 65 and older, 75% have received at least one vaccine dose and over half have been fully vaccinated.

Biden also made a special plea to seniors to get vaccinated, announcing that his administration would direct special resources to help seniors access vaccines.

"It's simple. Seniors, it's time for you to get vaccinated now. Get vaccinated now. To make it easier, my administration is sending aid to community groups to drive seniors to vaccination sites," he said, adding to those under 65, "if you know someone under 65 who has not gotten this lifesaving vaccine, call them now. Work with them to get their shots this week or next."

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