According to the governors of Georgia and Texas, both states will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public in the coming few days. After the announcement on Tuesday, they became the latest states to announce plans and intentions to vaccinate all adults before the Joe Biden imposed deadline of 1st May. Moreover, the Texas state will open up the vaccination to all adults starting 29th March, though the plan will still prioritize those ages eighty an older when scheduling appointments.
Georgia will start vaccination eligibility for all people over age sixteen beginning Thursday. Jim Justice, the Governor of West Virginia, said on Monday that any resident age sixteen will now be eligible to receive the vaccination. Arizona State also opened up eligibility criteria at state-run coronavirus vaccination sites in Yuma, Maricopa, and Pima counties to anyone age sixteen and older, starting 24th March. Larry Hogan, the Governor of Maryland, said on Thursday that the vaccination availability would open just ahead of the deadline of Biden after the state initially opens eligibility to residents over age fifty-five, essential workers, and those with underlying severe health conditions.
Massachusetts will expand the vaccination access to everyone over age sixteen starting 19th April. Moreover, Montana will open eligibility to the general public starting 1st April. Ohio State will expand vaccine eligibility based on an anticipated increase in supply starting 29th March. Likewise, Iowa will expand access to the coronavirus vaccine to the general public starting 5th April, according to the announcement of Governor Kim Reynolds. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also opened up the vaccination criteria for everyone starting 16th March, after lately expanding it to cover people aged fifty and above.
The Vaccine supply increase speedup the vaccination process in the United States
Coronavirus vaccinations are rapidly increasing over the last few weeks as supply has shot up, with Bloomberg reporting in the United States administered an average of around 2.5 million vaccine doses a day last week. Furthermore, vaccine manufacturers Moderna, Pfizer, and others announced to delivered three hundred million vaccine doses to the federal government of the U.S. by the end of July. Whereas Johnson & Johnson will provide twenty million vaccine doses by the March end and a hundred million by the June end.
The infrastructure of the United States for administering the vaccine also expanded after the increase of the supply. Recently, CVS expanded its coronavirus vaccination program to twelve additional states, for instance, and the federal government set up several federally-run vaccine sites across the country. The United States President Joe Biden announced that his administration would order all states, territories, and tribes to open up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults by 1st May. Previously, the president said that there would be enough vaccine supply by mid-May to cover all adults.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 128.2 million vaccine doses administered in the country as of Tuesday, beating the initial goal of Biden to achieve a hundred million doses in his first hundred days. Whereas Alaska was the primary state to open up the COVID-19 vaccine to the general public, announcing 9th March that anybody in the state over age sixteen can receive the shot. Spencer Cox, the Governor of Utah, said that his state would allow the general public with age eighteen or up to receive the vaccine starting 1st April, ahead of the mask mandate lifting on 10th April.