U.S. citizens and residents 16 years of age and older can get vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Monday without restrictions, a milestone that President Joe Biden had set for himself and which he hopes will contribute to the overall immunization of the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Everyone can get vaccinated starting today. We have enough (vaccines), we have to be protected and you have to protect your neighbors, your family. So please get the vaccine,” Biden said in a video posted on his social networks, marking the start of this new phase.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 129 million people over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of one of the three approved drugs, more than half of the total population. One in three people who have received the two injections have already completed the regimen.
Health authorities estimate that three million vaccinations are given every day in the United States, which has improved the data on infection in a country that has accumulated more than 31.6 million cases of AIDS-19 and some 567,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
However, the main person responsible for the fight against COVID-19 in the United States, Anthony Fauci, warned in an interview with ABC that the situation in the country continues to be “somewhat precarious”, after registering an average of more than 60,000 infections per day in the last seven days.
On the other hand, he anticipated that the decision to resume immunization with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine will probably be taken on Friday and that he doubts “very much” that “they will simply cancel” its use, despite the doubts raised by the CDC and the FDA.