This week President Biden declared June to be a “national month of action” meant to take aim at the coronavirus pandemic and once again urged Americans to get vaccinated.
The president is aiming to reach his goal of getting at least one COVID vaccination shot into 70% of this country’s adults by July 4th. Biden unveiled a five-part plan to achieve that goal, which included steps to make it easier to get the vaccine and offered incentives such as free food, beer, and tickets.
Biden noted that 52% of American adults are now fully vaccinated, including 75% of all senior citizens.
Today, we are announcing a month-long effort to get 70% of adult Americans vaccinated. It will take everyone doing their part so we can declare our independence from COVID-19 and free ourselves from the grip it has held over our lives.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 2, 2021
“Fully vaccinated are safely shredding their masks and greeting one another with a smile. Grandparents are hugging their grandkids again. Small business owners are reopening storefronts and restaurants because of the vaccination strategy,” said Biden
The president said that after fighting a pandemic that’s taken than 600,000 American lives since the beginning of 2020, the nation is looking forward to a “summer of freedom. A summer of joy. A summer of get-togethers and celebrations. An all-American summer that this country deserves after a long, long, dark winter that we’ve all endured.”
But he also warned that “if you’re unvaccinated, you’re still at risk of getting seriously ill or dying, or spreading disease to others.”
As for younger Americans, who have been more hesitant of receiving the vaccine than older people, the president stressed that “for young people, who may think this doesn’t affect you, listen up, please. This virus, even a mild case, can be with you for months.” Biden informed younger Americans that it can impact “your social life” and “could have long term implications for your health.”
He also once again pointed out that getting vaccinated should not be a partisan issue, as he reminded people that the shots were developed under the previous administration, without mentioning former President Trump by name.
“The vaccine is free, it’s safe, and it’s effective,” said Biden. “Getting the vaccine is not a partisan act. The science was done under Democratic and Republican administrations. In fact, the first vaccines were authorized under a Republican president and widely deployed by a Democratic president.”