The White House announced that the country’s four largest child care provider Will offer free drop-in child care to all parents and caregivers who are vaccinated or recovering from vaccinations by July 4.
Major pharmacy chains will also be open 24 hours on Friday so that shift workers can get the vaccine.
“This is the kind of on-the-ground work that will get the job done,” Biden said. “People all over the world are desperate to get a shot that every American can get at their neighborhood drugstore.”
The White House also announced that it would launch an initiative called “Shots at the Shop” to recruit 1,000 Black-owned barbershops and beauty salons to serve as vaccination outreach centers in communities of color.
The Biden administration said it was “working with social media platforms and celebrities and influencers to reach people where they are” in an effort to persuade them to get vaccinated.
Vice President Kamala Harris will lead a national tour to promote vaccination, focusing on southern states such as Alabama and Mississippi, where vaccination rates are lower than other parts of the country.
The White House is also promoting a number of private sector initiatives, including lottery Free Xboxes, groceries, flights and cruises for vaccinated Americans.
Noting that the vaccines were developed under his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, Biden insisted that getting vaccinated is not a partisan act.
“We need an America, united, free of fear,” he said.
Polls have consistently shown that white evangelical Republicans are among the Americans most resistant to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
Biden said fully vaccinated Americans would be able to enjoy a “dramatically different summer from last year’s”.
“The heat of freedom, the heat of joy, the warmth of sociability and celebrations,” he said. “An all-American summer that this country deserves after a long, long, dark winter we’ve all endured.”
Daily new COVID-19 cases in the US have fallen from a peak of 250,000 at the beginning of the year to nearly 17,000. The daily death toll has fallen to around 350 per day, from over 3000 a day at the beginning of the year.
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