The North American president detailed the next phase of the massive inoculation program, in which his administration will focus on facilitating that more inhabitants have easy access to immunization against the coronavirus
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced on Tuesday his goal so that 70% of the adult population of the country has received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, and that 160 million of them are fully immunized to July 4th.
In the next phase of the vaccination campaign, the US government will seek to facilitate vaccination to make it more accessible and also to increase the confidence of the population among those who continue to be skeptical about the possibility of being inoculated.
Biden announced this afternoon that he will currently be asking thousands of pharmacies in the federal pharmacy program to offer walk-in shifts; redirecting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources to support more emerging clinics, small community vaccination centers, and more mobile clinics; sending new assignments of the vaccine to rural health clinics across the country; and providing additional assistance to communities so they can conduct outreach and engagement activities that help people get vaccinated .
The president also emphasized the effort they are making to vaccinate America’s adolescents at full speed if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes inoculation in that age group and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disease Prevention (CDC). The FDA is expected to approve the application of the vaccine developed by Pfizer to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 next week.
Specifically, Biden announced the following actions to ensure that 70% of the American population is vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4:
– New efforts to make vaccines more accessible to Americans across the country.
– Allow walk-in vaccinations at local pharmacies across the country.
– Authorize vaccination in smaller, mobile clinics within local communities.
– Support community education about vaccines and local outreach efforts. Biden will announce additional support to community organizations, as well as states, to educate local communities about vaccines and vaccine availability:
– Expansion of the workforce of community organizations. The president will inform the project of financing of around 250 million dollars for community organizations to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers and social support specialists to increase access to vaccines for the most affected communities and higher risk.
– Support underserved communities with the necessary tools to get vaccinated. Biden will announce that more than $ 130 million will be used to improve education and information about vaccines and reduce health disparities in underserved communities.A person receives the COVID-19 vaccine in Seattle, United States. REUTERS / Lindsey Wasson
– Support the next phase of state and local vaccine outreach efforts. The Democrat anticipates that nearly $ 250 million will be immediately awarded to state, territorial and large city governments to jump-start their next phase of outreach efforts.
– Facilitate access to vaccination for those living in rural communities and strengthen efforts to reach rural Americans. The government will send vaccines directly to rural health clinics in underserved communities.
– Increase education and outreach efforts on vaccines in rural communities. More than $ 100 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds will go to approximately 4,600 rural health clinics across the country to support the dissemination of vaccines in rural communities.
– Increase funding for rural clinics and hospitals to respond to COVID-19 disease with testing and mitigation measures.
Currently more than 147.5 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, a figure that represents 44.5 percent of the population, while 105.5 million, 31.8 percent, have been completely inoculated.