President Biden is expected to announce plans of moving COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to April 19, according to source close to the White House.
The new date is about two weeks earlier than Biden’s original deadline of May 1.
Biden set the goal of 200 million shots administered by April 30, which is his 100th day in office. The President is also expected to announce that 150 million doses have been put into the arms of American’s since his inauguration on Jan. 20. It will put the deadline well within reach for his administration over the next three weeks.
The Democrat came into office with the goal of 100 million shots in the first 100 days.
More than a dozen states opened eligibility to anyone over the age of 16 on Monday. North Carolina will open the lines up to any adults starting tomorrow (4/7). New Jersey announced Monday that all adults will become eligible on April 19. A handful of states still have Biden’s original deadline of May 1 for anyone wanting to be vaccinated.
A hopeful sign as Biden announced just last week that 90% of adults would be eligible for one of three approved COVID-19 vaccines by April 19, and that a vaccination site would be within 5 miles of their home.
The White House said Monday that nearly one-third of all adults have received at least one shot, and nearly 25% of those adults were considered fully vaccinated.