The White House said on Tuesday that The U S will not reach President Joe Biden's goal of partially or fully vaccinating 70 percent of adults by the July 4th Independence Day holiday. U.S officials are focusing vaccination education efforts on Americans who remain skeptical about the vaccine.
White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said the administration, instead, has met its 70 percent target for people 30 and older and is on track to hit it for those 27 and older by July 4. "We want every American in every community to be protected and free from fear of the virus. That's why we'll keep working to vaccinate more Americans across the summer and into the fall... we are not stopping at 70 percent and we're not stopping on July Fourth," Zients said at a White House COVID response briefing. He said US officials are working with state and local leaders to reach younger people.
Zients said many younger Americans have been less eager to get a shot, urging vaccinations of the younger population to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Biden announced in early May the goal to administer at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to 70 percent of American adults by July 4.