President Joe Biden has urged more Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19, pointing to relaxed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control on wearing masks as the reason to get vaccinated.
“Go get the picture. It has never been easier, ”Biden said Tuesday during brief remarks on the north side of the White House.
Previously, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines, including an advisory that those who have been fully vaccinated could go outdoors without a mask, except for large gatherings.
“This is another great reason to go get the vaccine – now,” Biden said.
He said 215 million shots were administered, exceeding the administration’s target for the first 100 days. But the White House faces the challenge of convincing a large segment of the population that has hesitated or resisted the vaccine.
Biden said he would give more details next week on plans to bring Americans closer to normal on Independence Day.
“While we still have a long way to go in this fight… we have made incredible progress because of all of you, the American people,” Biden said.
On Fox News, anchor Sandra Smith explained that Biden always wore a mask as he walked, alone, to the lectern outside the White House.
“To give him the benefit of the doubt here, he said he did this to demonstrate that you could take the mask off and leave it out,” Fox News John Roberts.
Peter Alexander of NBC News had asked Biden “what message were you sending by wearing a mask outside,” and the president replied, “Watching me take it off and don’t put it back on until I’m going home. ” He returned to the White House without a mask, but put it back on before entering, according to a report from the White House pool.