According to President Joe Biden, Americans may need to reconsider their 4th of July celebration plans if they don’t receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the New York Post, the president warned that Americans may need to cancel plans for their “small” outdoor 4th of July gatherings if the number of people receiving their vaccines drops off.
As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted that 51% of Americans 18 years and above have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Wednesday, however, the president said this is not good enough.
Biden said that on March 11, he laid out a vision of what the nation could look like by Independence Day, which was a country closer to normal life before the pandemic.
Biden Says COVID-19 Shots Needed to Safely Celebrate 4th of July
The president added that if they want to celebrate the country’s independence from COVID-10, they still need to do many things in May and June. He said people need to continue wearing masks until the rate of infection goes down and until everyone receives their jab.
Last March, the president said that people in the country can conduct “small” outdoor gatherings, either with friends or with their loved ones, to celebrate the Fourth of July.
In a speech broadcasted on TV, Biden said that he needs all Americans to do their part. He needs everyone to get their vaccine when the opportunity arises.
He said that if everyone does their part, by Independence Day, there might be a good chance that people can have get-togethers and gatherings in the backyard or in the community.
The president then added that the goal is to be with loved ones on Independence Day. However, he reiterated that a lot can happen and situations can change. He noted that scientists had said that conditions may get worse as new variants develop and spread. Biden then said that his administration needs to work so that everyone can have confidence in how safe and effective the vaccines are.