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President Biden Declares June As Month To 'Take Action'

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With hopes of moving more in the right direction, President Joe Biden encourages the nation to get their COVID-19 vaccination before Independence Day.

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- Now, to the Biden presidency. President Joe Biden has declared June a national month of action to get more Americans vaccinated.

- His administration wants to build on the momentum, building in the fight against COVID-19. CBS 4's Debra Alfarone has the latest.

DEBRA ALFARONE: President Biden is making an all-out push to get more Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 by the 4th of July.

JOE BIDEN: We're at 63% of adults with one shot. And we're getting closer. We still have work to do.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The president is pushing to have 70% of Americans vaccinated by Independence Day.

JOE BIDEN: If you get a shot this week, you can be fully vaccinated by July 4th, by the week of July the 4th. And you can celebrate Independence Day, free from fear or worry.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Mr Biden plans to recruit faith-based leaders, barbershop owners, and celebrities in the effort. More than 28 states and D.C. have fully vaccinated 50% or more of their adult population, as other states try to reach more people.

In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker announced a new mobile vaccine program at Market Basket Supermarkets with perks.

CHARLIE BAKER: Everyone who gets a vaccine at Market Basket, the Commonwealth will give them a $25 Market Basket gift card.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Beginning Friday, New York City will begin offering vaccinations at four schools in the Bronx for kids between the ages of 12 and 17.

BILL DE BLASIO: But we are doing something here that's working, and we want to build on it.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Los Angeles County is now giving shots at transit sites to help increase rates.

- I feel like for the working class, these buses are convenient.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Once the nation reaches President Biden's vaccination goal, beer giant Anheuser-Busch says it will give away free brews to Americans who roll up their sleeves.

Deborah Allen, CBS News, Capitol Hill.