President Joe Biden is highlighting new programs from ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to provide free rides to immunization sites as the pace of vaccination shots declines nationally
The partnership with ride-sharing companies marked the latest in a series of government-encouraged efforts to increase access to shots, including several state and local efforts to drive Americans to immunization. It turns out that Biden met with a bipartisan group of governors on Tuesday to share best practices to keep Americans up their sleeves.
“We want to make vaccination easier and more convenient for all Americans,” Biden said, as he met with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, all Republicans, as well as Democratic. Sarkar, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Janet Mills of Maine and Tim Walz of Minnesota.
“I think it’s really moving forward,” Biden said of partnerships with ride-sharing companies.
Biden also announced new funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for community outreach efforts to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, as well as a new initiative to host union-supported vaccination sites in community colleges.
During the meeting, Biden asked the governors to share their innovations to promote vaccination, from mobile vaccination clinics to tickets to minor league baseball games such as incentives or retailers like LL Bean.
“I think you did an incredible job,” Biden said of the governors. “None of these could work without your leadership.”
Cox said, “One area where we can get some help from the White House and others is that and what is a fully vaccinated person doing?” , “Calling it a driving force for those who haven’t got a shot yet.
“I think you’re going to see more aggressive efforts from our side that it’s not only you can hug your grandchildren, you can do a lot,” Biden replied.
On Tuesday, the White House told governors that the states opted not to accept 2.5 million doses out of the nearly 18 million available this week due to a drop in interest. The administration did not disclose the full list, although states such as Iowa have been vocal about not requiring additional vaccine supplies, given current demand.
The nation’s vaccination rate has decreased dramatically in recent weeks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average daily vaccine of about 690,000 Americans is receiving their first dose of vaccine, up from 1.9 million per day a month earlier.
Biden’s virtual meeting with the governors was present without journalists.