The millions of Americans who have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can expect to be eligible two weeks earlier than originally thought, as President Biden is expected to update his eligibility deadline today, according to CNN.
President Biden is scheduled to give remarks on the state of vaccinations today where he will announce that every adult in the country will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
"The President will announce officially later this afternoon that we've reached 150 million shots in arms since entering government and that by April 19 all adult Americans will be eligible to get the vaccine," Psaki said during a White House briefing.
"That doesn't mean they will get it that day – it means they can join the line that day if they have not already done that beforehand. It means that everybody will be eligible to go to their local pharmacy, go to their community health center, mobile vaccination site, mass vaccination site on the date and moving forward."
The new deadline means U.S. adults will be eligible two weeks sooner than President Biden's original May 1 deadline.
Additionally, President Biden is expected to announce today that 150 million doses of the vaccine have been administered since he took office. This falls in line with his goal of administering 200 million shots by his 100th day in office, CNN reported.
In total, 167 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, equaling 18.8% of the total population that is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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