President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that even small outdoor gatherings on Independence Day could be canceled if more people don’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“To celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4 with family and friends in small groups, we still have more to do in the months of May and June,” Biden claimed. “We all need to mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot.”
Referring to his earlier speech regarding the coronavirus, Biden added, “Back on March 11, I outlined a vision of what America could look like by the Fourth of July — an America that was much closer to normal life that we left behind more than a year ago.”
More than 51 percent of American adults have received at least one vaccination shot according to current data. Biden noted more than 120 million shots have been given since he announced the July 4th proposal.
On Apr. 21, the president declared a total of 200 million shots have been given to Americans. “Today, we did it. Today we hit 200 million shots on the 92nd day in office.”
The president has now challenged Americans 16 years and older to receive their vaccination by the end of May.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in March “the president’s proclamation was far out of step with what’s already happening across the country.”
Biden hopes to see more Americans vaccinated, but American life will move forward regardless. Many states have already rolled back pandemic restrictions, signaling the end to a long series of restrictions since the COVID-19 lockdowns began more than a year ago.