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President Biden believes that sooner or later most Americans will get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden was optimistic in an interview on MSNBC’s « The Last Word, » which aired on Wednesday.
« They’re showing up, » said Biden. “All that stuff about vaccine hesitation – the truth is, more and more people are getting the vaccine. I never thought there would be a large percentage of Americans who wouldn’t get the vaccine. «
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Wednesday, nearly 154 million Americans had received at least one coronavirus vaccine dose while 117.6 million Americans were fully vaccinated. Those numbers make up 46.4% and 35, respectively , 4% of the US population.
« If your neighbor gets a vaccine, your neighbor will get it. They say, « Well, maybe I should get it, » said Biden. « And no matter what your position, if you see people in a position where you can get the vaccine easily, you don’t have to get out of the way. »
Some states are hoping to improve vaccination rates with various incentives . In Ohio, Republican Governor Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that starting May 26, the state lottery will award $ 1 million each to five people who have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Earlier this month, New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy announced that residents 21 and older who received their first vaccine in May would be entitled to a free beer at any of Garden State’s 13 breweries.
In Maine, Democratic Governor Janet Mills announced Tuesday that residents who receive a dose of vaccine before the end of the month will be eligible for perks such as a fishing or hunting license or an L.L. Bean gift card.
The vaccination campaign got another boost on Tuesday when a CDC panel approved Pfizer’s two-shot COVID vaccine for children ages 12-15, raising hopes for a more normal school year woke for children across America in 2021.
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