Oklahoma City – President Joe Biden’s administration plan to open 100 coronavirus vaccination sites by the end of this month was initially accepted by governors and health officials, who saw it as a necessary lifeline for more Americans to get vaccinated.
However, some are now hesitant to accept the offer, at least for now, saying they don’t need more places to dose. They say they just need more doses.
The plan involves mobilizing thousands of employees and contractors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Those agencies have already been providing money, staff, or logistical support for many state and local vaccination efforts.RELATED
So far, just over 46 million doses have been administered in the United States, and the federal government’s goal is to increase the rate to 1.5 million daily doses.
White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients told governors in a teleconference this week that the federal government will bring more vaccines to the states. By next week, a total of 11 million doses will be shipped to the states, an increase of half a million compared to this week.
More than 480,000 Americans have so far died of the coronavirus. About 27 million have been infected.