President Joe Biden appeared to warn Americans who do not plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 that they might “pay the price.”
The story: Biden made the comments during an address from the White House on Monday where he spoke about the current situation regarding the pandemic. The president celebrated a low number of coronavirus cases in all 50 states and reiterated that his administration’s goal is to have 70% of Americans receive at least one vaccine shot by early July.
He said “deaths are down from COVID by 81%” and that this was “their lowest level since April of 2020.” Biden also pointed out that the U.S. will send more doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries around the world as they become available.
The president then delivered a pitch to encourage unvaccinated Americans to get COVID-19 vaccine shots.
What he said: Biden said that if vaccination efforts stall, coronavirus cases may rise again.
“I can’t promise that will continue this way,” Biden said of the current low coronavirus numbers. “We know there will be advances and setbacks and we know that many flareups could occur. If the unvaccinated get vaccinated, they will protect themselves and other unvaccinated people around them. If they do not, states with low vaccination rates may see those rates go up, may see this progress reversed.”
“Ultimately, those who are not vaccinated will end up paying the price,” he said.
Biden again highlighted the importance of getting vaccinated.
“Given that the vaccinations are free and convenient, it would be a tragedy – and a needless one – to see Covid cases among those who do not get vaccinated go up. We’re not done fighting this virus. We still have tens of millions to get vaccinated.”
So far, nearly 60% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines, according to the Center for Disease and Control tracker. More than 37% of the U.S. is fully vaccinated.
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