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Biden on 70% Vaccination Goal: If We Succeed We Can Celebrate Together On The 4th of July

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President Joe Biden touted progress made in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic at an event Friday in Alexandria with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D). Biden remarked if 70% of the nation is vaccinated in the next 5 weeks, "we can celebrate our independence from the virus together on the Fourth of July."

"I set an ambitious goal of getting 70 percent of adult Americans at least one shot by July the 4th," Biden said. "To hit 70 percent and keep sprinting through the finish line is what we’re all about. If we succeed, we can celebrate our independence from the virus together on the Fourth of July as we celebrate our independence as a nation."


PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I set an ambitious goal of getting 70 percent of adult Americans at least one shot by July the 4th. Today, just over a month to go, we’re at 62 percent. Ten states have already reached the 70 percent milestone. Virginia is at 66; it’s moving closer every day.

And continuing on all — counting on — on just all the help and continuing this process is really — I think you’re going to get the job done here in Virginia pretty quickly, Gov.

To hit 70 percent and keep sprinting through the finish line is what we’re all about. If we succeed, we can celebrate our independence from the virus together on the Fourth of July as we celebrate our independence as a nation. And the future is only going to get brighter because there will be no doubt what America can achieve when we do it together.

I know when I ran for office I said I wanted to do three things, one of which was to unite the country. It’s difficult, but this is the first real evidence that we’re able to do it. The American people are more ready to come together, I believe, than the Congress and the elected officials are, but we’re getting there.

If you aren’t vaccinated yet, it’s never been easier. If convenience is the issue, there are 80,000 locations. Visit Vaccines.gov or text your ZIP Code to 438829 and you’ll find the sites nearest you; it will pop up immediately. And in almost all cases, you don’t need an appointment.

If transportation is an issue — I want to thank Lyft and Uber. They’ve come forward and they’ve offered free rides to and from vaccination sites through the July 4th. So anybody who says they can’t get there, call Lyft or Uber. They’re doing a patriotic thing. They’ll come and pick you up, take you to the vaccination center, get you, wait for you, and take you back to your home or wherever you emerged from.

And, you know, if cost is an issue, don’t let — don’t be concerned; the vaccine is 100 percent free. And if time is an issue, there are 10,000 [tens of thousands] sites offering vaccinations without an appointment — 1,000 pharmacies in Virginia alone. And the vast majority offer no appointment — with no appointment required.
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