A week ahead of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19. WBZ-TV's Juli McDonald reports.
- Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, if you are 16 or older, you are now eligible for a free COVID vaccine shot, and we have the vaccine to deliver.
DAVID WADE: The United States has now hit the president's goal of 200 million vaccines in 100 days, but President Biden says, the next 200 million will be much more difficult. The president is imploring the public to get their shots, appealing to those who are hesitant to get the vaccine. In fact, as Julie McDonald shows us tonight, he's even calling on businesses to offer paid leave to workers to get the vaccination.
JULIE MCDONALD: A week ahead of his 100th day in office, President Joe Biden marked a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19.
- Today, we hit 200 million shots. This is an American achievement, a powerful demonstration of unity and resolve.
- The president also announced a tax credit, supporting employers who provide paid time off for their workers to get the vaccine. Across the commonwealth, 5.3 million doses have been given, and more than two million Massachusetts neighbors are fully vaccinated. Now that everyone 16 and older is eligible for the vaccine, many local parents are using this school vacation week to protect their families.
- Patrick and I are the last two in the family to get vaccinated. And we're going to our first communion in a few weeks and outside, of course, but it's very small. But it would be the first time we're seeing the cousins in over a year. Everybody's vaccinated, so it does change. It's a game changer for sure.
- It's that kind of cautious behavior health experts are still strongly encouraging.
ROBERT KLUGMAN: It's still with us. People are still getting sick. Hospitalizations actually have gone up a bit, which is very concerning. So we're not out of the woods, and we don't want to just throw our masks off and say, woopie.
- Julie McDonald, WBZ News.