President Biden’s original goal of 70% of Americans receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will not be met by July 4th as originally intended
The White House has instead changed the goal to 70% of Americans that are at least 27 years old to have received the first vaccine
Health officials are having a hard time convincing younger Americans to receive the vaccine despite offering prizes and rewards to those who are vaccinated
White House Coronavirus Coordinator Jeff Zients has announced today that the United States will not meet President Biden’s goal of 70% of Americans having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by July 4th. The goal has now been changed considering this news, to only 70% of Americans who are 27 years or older to have at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
News of the goal not being met comes despite health officials trying to convince Americans who are unvaccinated with prizes, gifts, and other rewards.
President Biden’s announcement of the goal back in May of 70% of Americans to receive the first dose also included the objective for 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated. Neither goal will be reached by July 4th, with a projection of 68% of Americans to have received the first dose in August and 160 million Americans to be fully vaccinated by mid-July.
The White House has now changed the goal to 70% of Americans that are 27 years old and older receiving the first vaccine, according to Zients. Zients stated that it will take “a few extra weeks” for 18-to-26-year-olds to reach the same numbers as those 27 years old or higher.
Despite offering prizes and gifts to individuals who receive the vaccination, younger Americans aren’t getting the vaccine.
According to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation when asked, “Have you personally received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or not?” and “Do you think you will…?” 12% of Americans said they wanted to “wait and see.” 7% stated they will get the vaccine “only if required” and 13% of Americans stated “definitely not” to getting vaccinated.
The survey also shows that the age bracket with the lowest percentage of individuals who “already received at least one dose” is 18–29-year-olds at 48%. 30-49-year-olds who have “already received at least one dose” sits at 51%, and Americans that are 65 years old and older is 83%.
Democrats that have already received one dose is 82%, with “Get vaccinated ASAP” and “Wait and see” at 6%, and “Only if required” and “Definitely not” at 3%.
Republicans that already received one dose is 49%, with “Get vaccinated ASAP” at 1%, “Wait and see” at 12%, “Only if required” at 9%, and “Definitely not” at 27%.
The same survey states that reasons for individuals not getting vaccinated range from finding the CDC guidelines hard to follow, ability to get free transportation, paid time off to receive vaccine and recover from the side effects, etc.