President Joe Biden announced a new initiative in the effort to beat back the COVID-19 virus. In a speech on Wednesday, Biden outlined the plan for the “National Month of Action.” The month-long initiative is designed to reach the administration’s goal of 70% of US adults having at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.
Accessible Childcare: Recognizing that many parents have challenges finding childcare so that they can go get their vaccine, the plan includes free childcare services for Americans getting their shot or recovering from the side effects. Effective now until July 4, KinderCare, Learning Care Group, and over 500 YMCA locations will provide drop-in childcare for adults needing somebody to watch their child. In addition, Bright Horizons will offer free childcare to support a variety of participating organizations.
Expanded Pharmacy Hours: Biden also announced that thousands of the nation’s pharmacies will expand their hours in an attempt to make the vaccine more accessible to those who cannot drop in during normal business hours. Pharmacies at Albertsons, CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walgreens will stay open late every Friday during the month of June.
Free Beer: As part of the plan, the White House will partner with Anheuser-Busch to give out free beer to every American over the age of 21. The free beer will only come if the country works together to reach Biden’s 70% vaccination goal by Independence Day. In a separate news release by Anheuser-Busch, the beer giant said that it will buy eligible Americans a round of beer or seltzer if they upload a picture of themselves at a bar or restaurant.
Mayors Challenge: The effort also includes a competitive “Mayors Challenge,” designed to pit cities against each other to encourage residents to get vaccinated. According to the White House, over 50 mayors have already signed up their cities for the friendly competition. Every mayor will be provided a toolkit to help them to support the effort to get more residents on board with the vaccination effort. The winning cities will be recognized at a later date.
According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 50% of the total US population has received at least one dose of the vaccine with about 40% of the population fully vaccinated.