By CNN Staff | May 5, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT – Updated May 5 at 10:52 AM
(CNN) – More than 106 million people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the average daily pace of vaccinations is slowing.
In spite of that, President Joe Biden wants to see 70% of adult Americans with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.
He’s also focusing on three areas to increase overall vaccination rates.
The first area is focused on vaccinating kids 12 to 15 years old, once there’s an approved vaccine for them.
“Not only do we want to get it done in time for school, we want to get it done in time so kids can really enjoy their summertime activities without having to worry, without having to wear masks,” White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt said.
Vaccine advisers have scheduled an emergency meeting for May 12 as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviews the Pfizer vaccine for the 12 to 15 age range.
The second focus is making it easier to get vaccinated, which means getting away from mass vaccination sites.
The third focus is overcoming vaccine hesitancy by getting the word out and changing the narrative.
The administration’s aims may be ambitious, but the White House says there’s no Plan B.
“I think we’re going to be able to do it. I mean, it’s a challenging goal, but I think it’s a doable goal,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to the president.
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