Friday, 16 April, 2021

White House says no to issuing US vaccine passports

Biden moves up vaccine eligibilty date for all adults COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Set To Expand To All US Adults By Mid-April : Coronavirus Updates
Gustavo Carr | 07 April, 2021, 10:21

"We're still in a life and death race against this virus", Biden said. "No more confusing restrictions", Biden said in his remarks at the White House.

There appeared to be some confusion over whether Trump meant all Americans would be vaccinated by April or could get vaccinated by then, but CNN's lead sentence appeared to suggest Trump meant the latter in terms of supply.

Having enough vaccine for all American adults eligible within weeks for inoculations is one achievement - getting those reluctant to have the shot put into their arms is another hurdle, a problem known as vaccine hesitancy.

The United States "pretty soon" will have enough doses to share with the rest of the world, Biden said to inoculators during his visit the Virginia vaccination site. "Get the vaccination when you can". He acknowledged that the new strains are more virulent and more risky, but said "the vaccines work on all of them".

Biden's original goal had been 100 million shots by the end of his first 100 days, but that number was reached in March.

Less than a month after directing states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, Biden is expected to change that deadline to April 19.

That allocation brings the total amount of vaccine distributed over the past three weeks to more than 90 million doses, Psaki said.

The White House has flatly ruled out national Covid-19 vaccination passports for Americans, saying citizens' privacy and rights should be protected.

When can I register online for the COVID-19 vaccine in BC?
You will also be asked to provide an email address that gets checked regularly or a phone number that can receive texts. To register you will need to provide your name, date of birth, postal code, and Personal Health Number.

Most states have either made vaccines available to all residents 16 and older or announced plans to do so by mid-April.

Psaki went on to clarify this doesn't mean everyone will receive a vaccine, just that everyone will then be eligible to schedule one starting on April 19.

But eligibility isn't the same as actually being vaccinated. "It means they can join the line that day if they have not already done that beforehand".

"By April every single American who wants to be vaccinated will have the ability to be vaccinated", Atlas said. "We need to ask people to do that for a few more months". That effort follows a similar ban by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, on the sort of Excelsior Pass launched in NY that allows residents to verify their vaccinations or negative test results before entering concert venues or stadiums.

The White House said Monday that almost 1 in 3 Americans and over 40% of adults have received at least one shot, and almost 1 in 4 adults is fully vaccinated.

Two of the three vaccines requires two doses administered several weeks apart.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, issued an order Tuesday forbidding state agencies or any entity receiving public money from requiring vaccine passports.