Biden says 90% of U.S. adults will be eligible for Covid shots by April 19 with sites within five miles of home

Biden says 90% of U.S. adults will be eligible for Covid shots by April 19 with sites within five miles of home

A nurse administers the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccine rollout targetting immigrants and the undocumented organized by the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labour and Immigrant rights groups on March 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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President Joe Biden will announce that 90% of adults in the U.S. will be eligible for Covid-19 shots by April 19 and will be able to get them within five miles of their home, the White House said.

The White House also said Biden will announce Monday that his administration is increasing the number of pharmacies in the federal pharmacy vaccination program from 17,000 to nearly 40,000 across the country and will set up a dozen more mass vaccination sites by April 19.

A few weeks ago, Biden called on states, tribes and territories to make all U.S. adults eligible for vaccination no later than May 1. To date, 31 states have said they will open up eligibility to all adults by April 19, according to the White House.

Biden is pushing to have 200 million Covid vaccinations administered within his first 100 days in office. As of Friday, 100 million had been given since Biden was inaugurated. That benchmark — which Biden set as his original target — was reached on his 59th day in office.

As of last week, the pace of U.S. vaccinations has been averaging about 2.5 million doses per day. If that rate is maintained, Biden’s 200 million target would be hit in about five weeks, or around April 23 — a full week before Biden would mark 100 days in the White House.

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