Every American Adult is available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, president Biden set a deadline of May 01 to meet that requirement, telling people that they should be able to hold small gatherings by the 04th. But many states had moved to make the vaccine to all adults much sooner, so the deadline was moved to April 19.
“For months I’ve been telling people to get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” he said Sunday on the NBC vaccine special, Roll Up Your Sleeves. “Well, it’s your turn, now. It’s free, it’s convenient and it’s the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19.”
“Now is the time to take care of ourselves and each other, so we can get back to normal,” he concluded.
As of Sunday, approximately 131 million + have received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That number includes 84.03 million who were fully vaccinated by the Johnson and Johnson single-dose, and the double-dose BioNTech, and the Moderna vaccines.
“It’s truly historic that we have already reached this milestone,” said Dr. Nandita Mani, associate medical director of infection prevention and control at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Medical officials are investigating the possibility that Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine is related to a rare blood-clotting disorder, and have paused it’s distribution. Dr. Fauci, the CDC’s top infectious disease expert, said the decision to continue the distribution of the vaccine should be made by this Friday.
“I think by that time we’re going to have a decision,” he said on CNN’s State Of The Union. “I don’t want to get ahead of the CDC and the FDA, and the advisory committee.” He added that he expected experts to recommend “some sort of either warning or restriction,” on the use of the vaccine.
Experts have said that even if there is a connection between the vaccine and the blood clotting, the chance is “exceedingly low.”
At the current pace, the United States is expected to vaccinate at least 70% of the population by mid-June. However, the vaccine pause may slow progress toward herd immunity, which depends on getting children immunized.
Source: NY Times.