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Biden calls for targeted COVID-19 vaccination effort after missing July 4 goal

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration's coronavirus response and vaccination program from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration's coronavirus response and vaccination program from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

July 6 (UPI) -- President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced plans for door-to-door efforts to get more Americans vaccinated against the novel coronavirus after his administration missed a July 4 vaccination goal.

Biden delivered remarks on the United States' vaccination efforts at the South Court Auditorium after receiving the latest briefing from members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

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"It's a year of hard-fought ... progress. We can't get complacent," he said.

"Now, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family and the people you care about the most is get vaccinated."

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Biden said he wants to shift the country's focus from mass vaccination sites to more targeted outreach of those who remain unvaccinated. In addition to door-to-door efforts, workplace events and mobile clinics, he called for primary care doctors to encourage their patients to get the shot.

"Our fight against this virus is not over," Biden said.

"Right now as I speak to you, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of Sunday, 67.1% of adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine with 58.2% being fully vaccinated. Including children aged 12 and older, 54.9% have received one shot and 47.4% are fully vaccinated.

Biden had set a goal for 70% of all adults to have at least one dose by Independence Day. So far, only 18 of 50 states have reached the goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one shot.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States has recorded 33.7 million COVID-19 cases and 605,582 deaths. Both of those statistics are the most of any in the world.

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Concerns over the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus have some worried that it could undo advances made in the United States to corral COVID-19. The variant, which emerged in India, has been blamed for a rise in cases last month in the rural portions of Missouri and Kansas.

The CDC has updated its listing of the variant from a "variant of interest" to a "variant of concern."

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