The president will present new actions to achieve the goal: expand the pharmacy program and launch a new program to transport the most vulnerable elderly and disabled people to vaccination sites
Today, President Biden will unveil new actions to get more people vaccinated quickly and announce that by April 19, 90% of adults in the United States will be eligible for vaccination and 90% will have a vaccination site in a radius of 8 km from their place of residence. The president will announce that the administration is increasing the number of pharmacies in the Federal Pharmacy Vaccination Program from 17,000 to nearly 40,000 across the country and will set up a dozen additional mass vaccination sites by the 19th. April. It will also announce a new effort to fund community organizations to provide transportation and assistance to the elderly and disabled people most at risk in the country to access vaccines. This builds on the historic $ 10 billion investment last week to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in hardest-hit and most-at-risk communities.
President Biden has called on all states, tribes and territories to make all American adults eligible for vaccination by May 1 and is working closely with state and local leaders to make this happen as quickly as possible. To date, 31 states have said they will open eligibility to all adults by April 19. With today’s actions to expand access, that means in just three weeks, 90% of all American adults will be eligible for vaccination and 90% will have a vaccination site within 5 miles of their location. of residence.
The president will also remind Americans of the importance of taking preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, as the variants continue to spread and cases are on the rise. He will call for continued masking and social distancing in order to get more people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
Today’s announcements include:
Expand vaccines to an additional 20,000 local pharmacies, bringing the total to nearly 40,000 pharmacies across the country by April 19: The president will announce that the administration is expanding the Federal Retail Pharmacy program from 17,000 to nearly 40,000 stores over the next three weeks. This means that by April 19 there will be a vaccination site within 5 miles of 90% of all Americans. Pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are located in communities across the country, 45% of which are currently in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Launch of a new effort to immunize the country’s most vulnerable and at-risk elderly and disabled: The President will announce nearly $ 100 million in funding to help immunize vulnerable and at-risk seniors and people with disabilities. This new effort will expand services for the elderly and disabled people funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide the high-intensity assistance needed to get these people scheduled and transported to vaccinations. It will also fund community organizations to transport them to their appointments, which may involve extra time, mobility assistance, and support for people during wait times. Funding will be available from two weeks. The Administration has made huge strides in vaccinating the elderly, with over 70% of people over 65 receiving at least one injection, and this new program will help immunize our most vulnerable and at-risk seniors. and people with disabilities who have not yet been vaccinated, including those who need help leaving their homes or who are socially isolated.
Increase the number of mass vaccination centers across the country: The president will announce that the administration will set up a dozen federally run mass vaccination sites across the country, including two new sites in Gary, Indiana and St. Louis, Missouri announced earlier today. Equity and access is a priority in the design of federal community immunization centers, with some offering extended weekend and daytime hours, reserved time slots for registration through faith-based and community-based organizations, and the deployment of mobile vaccination units to help immunize surrounding communities. This is in addition to the more than $ 4 billion in federal funding committed to date and the thousands of federal personnel deployed to support state-run and local community immunization centers. In partnership with states, FEMA has launched 21 sites in communities across the country. Together, these sites have the capacity to deliver a total of 79,000 injections per day at full capacity.