Sumary of President Biden is expected to lay out a plan on Thursday to push broad vaccination mandates.:
- that will address about six areas where his administration can encourage — or, at this point, push — more eligible Americans to receive vaccines, according to the White House.
- Officials offered few specifics, stressing that the plan was still coming together, but its underlying driver is the conviction that the only way to return to some sense of normalcy in the country is to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
- “We know that increasing vaccinations will stop the spread of the pandemic, will get the pandemic under control, will return people to normal life,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Wednesday.
- ” When asked if Mr. Biden would be adding more detail to existing policies or would outline measures that would have an immediate and broad effect on Americans, Ms. Psaki replied, “It depends on if you’re vaccinated or not.
- ”Administration officials see signs that more people in the country are open to receiving shots — some 14 million got their first shots in August, four million more than the number logged in July, Ms. Psaki said.
- About 27 percent of the eligible U.S. population age 12 and older have not received any Covid vaccinations, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in some of the hardest-hit states the unvaccinated percentage is higher: 42 percent in Texas, for instance, and 38 percent in Florida.
- About 1.3 million fully vaccinated people have received a third shot after federal officials approved them for people with compromised immune systems.