© Stocksak. FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Joe Biden makes remarks at the Democratic National Committee headquarters ahead of the U.S. Mid-term Elections, in Washington, U.S.A, October 24, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo
By Andrea Shalal
WASHINGTON (Stocksak), – U.S. President Joe Biden will receive an updated COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday. This is part of a new push to increase the number of Americans getting shots, especially seniors, ahead of Thanksgiving and the coming winter.
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, said Monday that approximately 12 million Americans now have the updated vaccine shots. This is a nearly 60% increase from the first week after they were launched last month. However, more work was needed.
“As it gets colder, Americans should take action to stay protected,” stated the White House. It noted that COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory diseases spread faster in winter when people spend less time indoors.
According to the White House, only 20 million Americans have received the updated COVID vaccination, and only one in five seniors have received the vaccine.
However, the virus continues to spread and claim lives. The United States reports 260,808 new infections per week and 2,566 death, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Since early 2020, more than 1 million people have been killed.
The Department of Health and Human Services will launch a #VaxUp American Family Vaccine Tour, which includes pop-up vaccination events at Head Start and nursing homes, as well as community health centers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will also send a second email reminder about the updated vaccine to 16 million people who signed up for Medicare emails, the White House said.
Biden will demand that each school district, college or university host at most one vaccination clinic by Thanksgiving. Employers should offer paid time off for vaccinations and host on-site clinics for employees.
Jean-Pierre stated that he wanted to send a message to the American people about the safety, effectiveness, availability, and affordability of the vaccine during a White House briefing Monday.
She stated, “We need everybody to step up and get their vaccine as soon as they can.”