President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible to get a COVID vaccine by April 19, bumping up his deadline by two weeks. But Biden warned the nation is "still in a life and death race" against the virus. (April 6)
JOE BIDEN: I'm announcing today that we're moving that date up from May 1st to April 19th nationwide. That means by no later than April 19, in every part of this country, every adult over the age of 18 or older will be eligible to be vaccinated. No more confusing rules, no more confusing restrictions.
My message today is a simple one. Many states have already opened up to all adults. But beginning April 19th, every adult in every state, every adult in this country, is eligible to get in line to get a COVID vaccination.
And today, in advance of that new national full eligibility date, I want to make a direct appeal to our seniors and everyone who cares about them. While we have made incredible progress vaccinating 3/4 of our seniors and putting vaccination sites within five miles of 90% of the public, it still isn't enough.
It's simple. Seniors, it's time for you to get vaccinated. Now. Get vaccinated now.
The virus is spreading because we have too many people who see the end in sight and think we're at the finish line already. But let me be deadly earnest with you-- we aren't at the finish line. We still have a lot of work to do. We're still in a life and death race against this virus.
Now's not the time to let down. Now's not the time to celebrate. It's time to do what we do best as a country-- do our duty, our jobs, take care of one another-- and we can and will do this, but we can't let up now.