Demand for the vaccine is declining. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that 351 federally-backed vaccination sites had closed as of May 21, leaving a total of 1,619 nationwide. As of Wednesday, providers were administering an average of about 1.1 million doses per day, down about 67% from the peak of 3.38 million reported on April 13, according to CDC data.
Lack of child care remains a major obstacle to immunization, experts say. The CDC recently reported that vaccination coverage among adults was lower among those living in counties with lower socioeconomic status and with higher percentages of households with children, single parents and people with disabilities.
White House officials have said that two of the four providers – KinderCare and Learning Care Group, which together have more than 2,500 locations across the country – will offer free, walk-in appointments to any parent or guardian who needs help getting or recovering from the vaccination. .
The YMCA, with more than 500 locations nationwide, will offer walk-in care during immunization appointments, officials said. And Bright Horizons, which partners with more than 1,100 employers to provide child care services, will also offer free care to support the immunizations of more than 10 million workers employed by the companies it serves.
“There is no doubt that transportation and childcare are real barriers for people,” said Dr Jha. “The question that is not clear to me is whether offering free child care solves this problem” because parents might not want to leave their children with caregivers they do not know.
To that end, officials said, Biden will encourage states to use money from the US bailout, the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress, to provide financial incentives or bonuses. to small community child care providers to stay open overtime. or help people get vaccinated.
As the vaccination rate in the United States has climbed, cases have plummeted.
But experts are warning Americans not to get complacent and say infections are likely to increase in parts like the South, where vaccination rates are low and the summer heat pushes people indoors, where the coronavirus spreads more efficiently.