In the president first prime-time address to the country on Thursday, President Biden announced he will direct states to make the coronavirus vaccines available to all adults by May 1.
In an effort to return the US to a state of normalcy by July 4, Biden called on the public to get vaccinated in an effort to helping the US get back to normal.
“If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July 4, there’s a good chance you, your families and friends will be able to get together in your backyard or your neighborhood and have a cookout and a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden said.
The speech commemorated the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration naming the coronavirus a pandemic.
Most states have only allowed older residents and those with medical conditions to have access to the initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine. As of Thursday, more than 98 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered throughout the US.
As a result, the number of cases have significantly dropped in the last two months, easing overcrowding concerns at intensive care units throughout the United States.
Biden also announced plans to allow dentists, advanced and intermediate EMTs, Midwives, optometrists, paramedics, physician assistants, podiatrists, respiratory therapists, veterinarians, medical students and nursing students to administer the vaccine to help in the distribution of the vaccine.
As part of the May 1 deadline for states, the administration has plans to launch a “find a vaccination” website. The administration will also have a 1-800 number by May 1 to provide guidance and assistance with finding a vaccine.
The Biden administration has plans to ship vaccines to 950 community health centers in an effort to get the coronavirus vaccine to disadvantaged communities. The administration is also working to double the number of pharmacies administering vaccines.