All adults in US to be eligible for vaccine by May 1

Friday, March 12

US President Joe Biden said he would be directing all states to make all American adults eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine by May 1.

Mr Biden has set a goal of July 4 to "get closer to normal" in reopening the country.

"It will make this Independence Day truly special — where we not only mark out independence as a nation but our independence from this virus," Mr. Biden said.  

As greater numbers of people are fully vaccinated, Mr. Biden said the Centers for Disease Control would update its guidance on activities like travel and attending church worship services. 

Mr. Biden also said his administration is on track to reach 2 million shots a day and to reach his original goal of 100 million shots in arms on his 60th day in office, just 10 days from now. 

"No other country in the world has done this. None," he said of the U.S. vaccination rate. 

The president said he is calling in active-duty military and Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel to help administer shots. 

"I need you to get vaccinated when it's your turn and when you can find an opportunity," and to help friends and neighbors get vaccinated, too, he said.

By July 4, if Americans are vigilant and get vaccinated, Americans should be able to gather in small groups with family and friends, Mr. Biden said.  

Newsday and News Agencies