President Joe Biden announced Tuesday afternoon that he plans for his administration to have 70 percent of adults in the United States to receive at least one COVID-19 dose by July 4.
The Biden administration also plans to have 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4, according to The Hill. The president’s plan will aim to get those harder to reach or apathetic Americans to get their dose of the vaccine, according to CNBC News.
As of May, about 35 million more adults need to get their first shot to reach the 70 percent goal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figure.
The plan will direct local pharmacies to provide walk-in vaccinations without appointments in an effort to make it easier for Americans amid a slowdown of those getting vaccinated.
“This is what we anticipated as we entered this phase,” a senior administration official told reporters when asked about the slowdown. “Those most eager, those willing to get in their car and drive an hour, have gotten their shot.”
Earlier in the week, the CDC announced that it is unlikely for the country to reach the so-called herd immunity, a point where the virus will no longer be as dangerous to the populace.