President Biden on Wednesday exhorted Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t yet, announcing an aggressive campaign to reach his goal of having 70 percent of adults with at least one shot by July 4.
During a speech at the White House, Biden highlighted the benefits of being fully vaccinated and also warned about the consequences if the country’s numbers don’t improve.
“The bottom line is this: I promise you they are safe. They are safe,” Biden said. “And even more importantly, they’re extremely effective. If you’re vaccinated, you are protected.”
Biden said the benefits of getting vaccinated are clear.
“Fully vaccinated people are safely shredding their masks and greeting one another with a smile. Grandparents are hugging their grandkids again … because of the vaccination strategy,” Biden said.
But to speed the effort along, the White House is offering a range of incentives, including free child care for parents and caregivers at four of the nation’s largest child care centers.