Americans will get to choose from free beer, seltzer, a non-alcoholic beverage or other A-B products which includes a selection of more than 100 products once 70% of the country is vaccinated, which will be determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A summer of get-togethers and celebrations. He says the country deserves it after the long, dark winter they have endured.
WASHINGTON - Dangling everything from sports tickets to a free beer, President Joe Biden is looking for that extra something - anything - that will get people to roll up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots when the promise of a life-saving vaccine by itself hasn't been enough. Thousands of Albertsons, CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens pharmacies will also remain open late every Friday in June beginning next week.
To make it easier for Americans to get inoculated against COVID-19, four of the country's largest child care providers - KinderCare, Learning Care Group, YMCAs and Bright Horizons - will provide free child care to parents and caregivers getting their shots or recovering from side effects, the White House announced.
Second, Biden said, the administration is relaunching outreach efforts with a national tour featuring Vice President Kamala Harris in the South and Midwest.
The administration is also launching a new partnership to bring vaccine education and even doses to more than a thousand Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons, building on a successful pilot program in Maryland. Additionally, it is organizing competitions between cities and colleges to drive up vaccination rates. Employers have offered bonuses and time off to workers, which the federal government recently declared is legally permissible.
Fourth, the White House will continue to encourage "incentives and fun rewards".
"Take at least five actions to help in June, and you might even be invited to visit us at the White House in July to celebrate independence together", Biden teased toward the end of his remarks.
In a news release, the maker of the popular Budweiser brand beer stated it was teaming up with the White House to meet the goal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62.8% of the US adult population have received at least one dose of their vaccines, while 51.7% of American adults are fully vaccinated.
Mr. Biden announced in early May his target of 70% of adults partially vaccinated and 160 million USA adults fully vaccinated by July 4. "Young people are much less likely to die from COVID, but if you do not get vaccinated, you could get COVID sooner or later". "It will impact your social life", the president said. The president said he was "pulling out all the stops" to drive up the vaccination rate.
"The science was done under Democratic and Republican administrations".
"Getting the vaccine is not a partisan act", he said.
Among those efforts is a promotional giveaway announced Wednesday by Anheuser-Busch, saying it will "buy Americans 21+ a round of beer" once Biden's 70% goal is met.
However, there is some fine print. "That's right. Get a shot and have a beer". The giveaway is limited to the first 200,000 people.
As part of the effort to drive Americans to get shots, the White House is borrowing some tools from political campaigns, including phone banks, door-knocking and texting. Biden's COVID-19 task force last month also announced a partnership with dating apps to encourage single Americans to flaunt their vaccination status. And Uber and Lyft are already offering free rides to and from vaccination sites.
© Eli Hartman/AP A dose of Covid-19 vaccine is administered in Odessa, Texas, May 27, 2021.
Thanks to the vaccinations, the rate of cases and deaths in the US are at their lowest since the beginning of the pandemic last March, averaging under 16,000 new cases and under 400 deaths per day. Facing a mounting USA surplus, the Biden administration is planning to begin sharing 80 million doses with the world this month.
Some states have taken matters into their own hands and proven incentives can work. OH health officials reported a spike in people getting their vaccines after Governor Mike DeWine announced the state would award five vaccinated residents $1 million each to boost vaccination rates. "Matter of fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president". Vaccination rates widely vary from state to state with Vermont and ME having the highest rates and MS and Alabama having the lowest, according to the CDC. In some states, fewer than 30 percent have received their first dose of a vaccine.