Every U.S. adult is eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine starting today.
New Jersey, Massachusetts and Oregon were among a handful of states making the vaccine availability to every adult on Monday, the deadline set by President Joe Biden. Now the White House has turned its attention to persuading Americans to get the jabs.
“Folks, I have good news,” Biden said in a video posted on Twitter. “Everybody is eligible as of today to get the vaccine. We have enough of it, you need to be protected, and you need in turn to protect your neighbors and your family.
“So please get the vaccine.”
Being anxious about getting a shot is normal, expected and can be resolved with education and role models, experts say.
“People who have questions deserve to have those questions answered. That’s fair and that’s on us,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group.
Also in the news:
►Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her state could be seeing a drop in infections after leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks. State health officials said Friday that the seven-day average positivity rate had dropped in recent days to 17.1%, but it remained above a December peak of 14.4%.
►The U.S. has reported 32% of adults are fully vaccinated and over 50% of the U.S. adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
►Pfizer/BioNTech says they will provide 100 million more doses of their coronavirus vaccine to the European Union this year. The EU’s executive commission exercised an option to purchase the additional doses, bringing the total number of shots to be delivered to the EU in 2021 to 600 million.
►Chicago public schools, the nation’s third-largest district, reopened Monday for the first time since instruction went fully remote amid the pandemic over a year ago.
► Israel has lifted a public mask mandate and fully reopened its education system in the latest easing of restrictions following its mass vaccination drive.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 31.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 567,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: more than 141.1 million cases and 3 million deaths. Nearly 264.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 209.4 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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The pause on using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will probably be lifted by Friday, although some restrictions may be required, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “you don’t want to jump ahead of yourself and decide you know the total spectrum of this, which is one of the reasons why they paused and why hopefully by Friday we’ll know.”
Fauci, who also took his message to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said he doubts the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will “just cancel” the J&J vaccine and continue allowing only the two-dose vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
“Everything is on the table,” Fauci said. “My estimate is that we will continue to use it in some form. I doubt very seriously if they just cancel it. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I do think that there will likely be some sort of warning or restriction or risk assessment.”
States began halting the use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine last week after federal health officials recommended a pause “out of an abundance of caution” because of rare but dangerous blood clots.
France will begin to lift travel restrictions on international travel with the United States and other non-European Union nations starting next month, French President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News.
Macron told “Face the Nation” that officials in Paris are working to develop a way for “French, European citizens but also American citizens” who are vaccinated to travel more freely by this summer. Macron said he had spoken with the White House about potential plans for lifting some travel restrictions between France and the US, though talks were still in their early stages.
Macron said, ideally, travel would be open “for US citizens who are vaccinated, with a special pass,” suggesting a so-called vaccine certificate or passport would be necessary for travel in France.
– Matthew Brown
Contributing: The Associated Press