Demand for vaccine is low. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that 351 federally-supported vaccination sites had closed on May 21, leaving a total of 1,619 nationwide. As of Tuesday, providers were administering about 1.23 million doses per day on average, about 64% less than the maximum of 3.38 million reported on April 13, according to CDC data.
Lack of child care remains a major barrier to vaccination, according to experts. 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 said two of the four providers – KinderCare and Learning Care Group, which together have more than 2,500 sites across the country – will offer free appointments to any parent who needs support to get vaccinated or recover. from the vaccine.
The YMCA, with more than 500 sites across the country, will offer dropout care during vaccination appointments, officials said. And Bright Horizons, which joins more than 1,100 employers to provide child care, will also offer free care to support the vaccination of more than 10 million workers employed by the companies it serves.
“There is no doubt that both transportation and childcare are real barriers for people,” Dr. Jha said. “The question I’m not clear on is whether offering free child care solves this problem,” because parents may not be willing to leave their children with caregivers they don’t know.
To that end, officials said, Mr. Biden will encourage states to use the money from the American Rescue Plan, the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress, to provide financial incentives or bonuses to more providers. community child care centers to be open overtime or otherwise help people get vaccinated.
As the vaccination rate in the United States has increased, cases have plummeted.
But experts warn Americans not to be complacent and say infections are likely to increase in certain regions such as the south, where vaccination rates are low and the summer heat drives people inland, where the coronavirus it spreads more efficiently.