Biden moving COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

U.S. President Joe Biden stands to deliver his remarks on the tradition of Easter next to first lady Jill Biden holding a flower and a person wearing an Easter Bunny costume at the Blue Room Balcony of the White House in Washington

He thanked everyone for administering the shots and for showing up to receive them.

President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines.

Biden will direct states to widen the vaccine eligibility by April 19, two weeks earlier than the May 1 deadline he announced previously.

On Tuesday, President Biden is scheduled to visit the vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

Biden said Friday he would gather with family, even during the coronavirus pandemic because he and his wife had been vaccinated.

Biden's goal is for 200 million shots to be administered in his first 100 days.

The announcement about vaccine eligibility is somewhat symbolic and comes as states already had begun moving up their deadlines from the original May 1 goal. Biden is also set to announce that among Americans 65 and older, 75% have received at least one vaccine dose and over half have been fully vaccinated.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden shared well-wishes with Americans celebrating Easter on Sunday and encouraged them to get Covid-19 vaccinations as a moral obligation. Providers have administered three million vaccine daily doses on average over the past week, according to The New York Times. Being eligible means people can sign up to reserve their place in a virtual line until they can schedule an appointment. "We may be able to get together with some of them this Easter", he said during a conference call with faith leaders on Friday morning. "There are going to be more people waiting", she said.

The White House said Monday that almost 1 in 3 Americans and over 40 per cent of adults have received at least one shot, and almost 1 in 4 adults is fully vaccinated.

About 32% of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose and almost 19% are fully vaccinated.

But vaccine supplies and efficiency in getting shots into arms have increased significantly in the race to get more people inoculated as more contagious virus variants circulate.

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.



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