Just a few weeks ago, people were sneaking across state lines, designing websites to search the Internet, and even trying to pay for coronavirus vaccination appointments.
In much of the US, getting vaccinated can be as simple as entering a pharmacy.
Earlier this week, President Biden urged pharmacies to provide walk-in vaccinations to encourage reluctant people to get the shot. He also announced a new federal website and phone number that will help people find the website that is closest to them.
“We’re going to make it easier than ever to get vaccinated,” Biden said on Tuesday.
Chains like Walmart, Walgreens, Safeway, and Stop & Shop have announced that they are now offering vaccinations for walk-in customers in some locations or in mobile clinics. Other pharmacies preceded the president’s announcement. Rite Aid said there would be a limited number of walk-ins last week, for example. Biden’s administration is expanding access to meet its goal of getting at least the first shot at 70 percent of American adults by July 4th.
Many of the chains qualified the offer and found that walk-ins are subject to availability and that it is better to make an appointment on the same day as well.
Federal health officials have also ordered drug stores and grocery pharmacies to offer a second dose of the vaccine to people who received their first shot from another provider.
The Biden government is hoping for a surge in vaccinations before the Food and Drug Administration expects the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to be approved for adolescents ages 12-15 early next week. The president has said age group is important in the fight against the virus because, while adolescents are not as prone to serious illnesses, they can still get sick and infect others.
Convenience isn’t the only way officials have encouraged people to get vaccinated. In exchange for a free vaccination against a potentially fatal disease, you can now get a ticket to a baseball game, a stiff drink, or $ 100.