President Biden Takes Major Step Forward In Effort To Vaccinate Americans Against COVID

CBS4's Natalie Brand has more from the White House.

Video Transcript

- President Joe Biden took a major step forward in the race to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19.

- Yeah, the president is moving up his deadline for states to make all adults eligible for a vaccine by almost two weeks, by April the 19th. CBS 4's Natalie Brand has more.

NATALIE BRAND: The administration reached another milestone in its race to vaccinate.

JOE BIDEN: Yesterday, we crossed 150 million shots in 75 days, the first 75 days of my administration.

NATALIE BRAND: President Biden is once again moving up his target date for getting all adult Americans signed up for a vaccination.

JOE BIDEN: We're that day up from May 1 to April 19 nationwide.

NATALIE BRAND: Most states have announced they will make all adults eligible this month, but demand continues to outpace supply in many places. The White House still says there will be enough doses for all Americans by the end of May.

JOE BIDEN: I believe by the end of the summer, we'll have a significant portion of the American public vaccinated.

NATALIE BRAND: Earlier, President Biden toured a vaccination site in Northern Virginia. Meanwhile, the vice president toward a vaccination site in Chicago set up for union members.

KAMALA HARRIS: We're all here to make a statement that we understand the significance of getting vaccinated, that it's bigger than us.

NATALIE BRAND: The White House is also sharing new data about how many teachers have been vaccinated, following the president's goal last month that all teachers receive at least one shot by the end of March.

JOE BIDEN: According to CDC estimates, over 80% of teachers, school staff, school staff, and child-care workers received at least one shot by the end of March.

NATALIE BRAND: Educators have been prioritized in the Federal Pharmacy Program. The administration set an April 19 deadline to more than double the number of stores in that program, bringing the total to 40,000 pharmacies distributing vaccines. Natalie Brand, CBS News, the White House.

- Today the White House press secretary told reporters the Biden administration does not plan to institute a federally mandated so-called vaccine passport system, which would require Americans to carry proof of vaccination.