WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that all adults in the U.S. should be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by April 19 as he pleaded with Americans to not let their guard down in the coming weeks as the number of new infections continues to rise.
The new deadline to expand eligibility — which is two weeks earlier than Biden had previously targeted — should not be difficult to meet since several states have already begun administering the vaccine to anyone over 16 who wants it.
“No more confusing rules, no more confusing restrictions,” said Biden, who appealed specifically to seniors to get vaccinated now before more people join the queue.
Biden said the U.S. has administered 150 million doses of the vaccine with 75 percent of seniors having received at least one shot. But he said it will take several more months for most adults to be fully vaccinated with lives at risk in the meantime if people stop following social distancing and mask-wearing recommendations.