The White House is ramping up efforts to ensure that U.S. adults get vaccinated against Covid-19, announcing extended pharmacy hours for shots and free child care for recipients, expanded community outreach efforts and even free beer.
The push is part of a broader effort by the administration to encourage and make it easier for unvaccinated Americans to get Covid-19 shots — and meet President Joe Biden’s goal of giving at least one shot to 70 percent of U.S. adults by July 4.
“If you’re too busy at work or school, you can get vaccinated around the clock,” President Joe Biden said in a speech Wednesday touting the new measures to increase access to vaccines.
To remove barriers to vaccination, some retail pharmacies will offer extended hours this month for coronavirus shots, the White House said. Some retail pharmacies plan to use their 24-hour stores on a limited basis to offer overnight and early morning vaccinations, two sources familiar with the announcement told POLITICO.
The administration also said that several companies were offering special deals for vaccinated people — including Anheuser-Busch’s offer of free beer on Independence Day for people over 21, free Major League Baseball tickets and Microsoft’s pledge to donate XBox gaming systems to Boys and Girls Clubs as part of outreach programs.
“We need everyone across the country to pull together to put us over the finish line,” Biden said. “Please, do your part. Give it your all through July 4th. Let’s go into the summer freer and safer.”