Michigan announced Friday it will open Covid-19 vaccinations in the state up to the general public starting April 5, becoming the latest state to announce plans or signal their intention to vaccinate all adults in the state even before the May 1 deadline President Joe Biden has imposed.
Michigan health officials noted while eligibility to all residents age 16 and up will open April 5, it may still take “several weeks” for all residents to set up an appointment.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said Wednesday the state would allow anyone age 18 and up to get the vaccine starting April 1, ahead of Utah’s mask mandate lifting on April 10.
Alaska was the first state to open the vaccine up to the general public, announcing Tuesday that anyone in the state over age 16 can get the shot.
Minnesota officials suggested appointments may open up to the general public by late April Tuesday after Gov. Tim Walz expanded the state’s eligibility by two phases at once, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday the state “could be in a position sometime in April” to open eligibility assuming supply increases.
Some localities have also opened up eligibility on their own, such as Gila County, Arizona, which allows any residents 18 and older to get vaccinated.
A number of states have taken smaller steps to expand access recently: New York expanded to anyone 60 and older, while Texas opened appointments up to 50 and older and New Jersey will significantly expand which preexisting conditions qualify for the vaccine starting March 15, among other state measures.
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Biden announced Thursday that his administration will direct all states, tribes and territories to open up vaccine eligibility to all American adults by May 1. The president has previously said there will be enough vaccine supply by mid-May to cover all adults.
98.2 million. That’s how many vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, outpacing Biden’s initial goal of achieving 100 million doses in his first 100 days.
Covid-19 vaccinations have been quickly increasing over the past few weeks as supply has shot up, with Bloomberg reporting the U.S. administered an average of 2.23 million doses per day last week. Vaccine manufacturers Pfizer, Moderna and have all said they will deliver 300 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government by the end of July, while Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine was only recently approved for U.S. use, will deliver 20 million doses by the end of March and 100 million in the first half of 2021. The U.S.’s infrastructure for administering the vaccine has also expanded as supply has increased: CVS announced Wednesday its pharmacies will now administer vaccines in 12 additional states, for instance, and the Biden administration has set up a number of federally-run vaccine sites across the country.
Utah Governor: All Adults Will Be Vaccine Eligible April 1 (Associated Press)