Biden to move up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all adults to April 19
WASHINGTON — President Biden is set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential workers, the president plans to announce that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible by April 19 to be vaccinated, a White House official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s plans before the formal announcement. Biden was scheduled to visit a COVID-19 vaccination site in Virginia on Tuesday, followed by remarks at the White House updating the nation on the administration’s progress against the coronavirus.
The new deadline of April 19 is about two weeks earlier than Biden’s original May 1 deadline.