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January 11, 2021
The incoming Biden administration plans to set up federally run mass vaccination sites and to release all government-held vials, rather than hold some back for second doses, according to reporting by the New York Times.
The decision is part of an aggressive effort to “to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible,” the Biden transition team said on January 8, 2021. The vaccination plan, to be formally unveiled this week, expected to include federally run vaccination sites in places like high school gyms and sports stadiums, and mobile units to reach high-risk populations.
The President-Elect advised that distribution locations “can be run by federal staff, contractors, volunteers, including FEMA…, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. military, [and] the National Guard.”
This is a shift from the current administration’s phased approach. With this announcement, some states are beginning to loosen requirements on obtaining the vaccine.
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