President Biden on Tuesday announced that all adults will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination by April 19, which is even earlier than the May 1st date that he announced last month.
When announcing the shift to April 19, the president noted that many governors have decided to grant vaccine access sooner than the May 1 national deadline. He said that starting April 19th all adults in the U.S. will be able to “get in line” for a coronavirus vaccination.
Biden implored people to get vaccinated when they become eligible, and to continue washing their hands, wearing masks and engaging in social distancing.
“We’re still in a life and death race against this virus. Until we get more people vaccinated we need everyone to wash their hands, socially distance and mask up in a recommended mask from the CDC,” the president said.
So far 19% of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated and 32.6% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.