As we head into winter, President Biden has detailed the administration’s nine-pronged plan to fight the Omicron and Delta variants while keeping the economy growing. In addition to the mask mandate remaining in effect for all public transportation until March 18, 2022 the U.S. will now require all inbound international travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel, regardless of vaccination status.
A significant focus of the Biden administration plan is expanding outreach and access to COVID-19 booster shots. Pharmacies across the nation will launch outreach campaigns to encourage adults, 18 and over to receive boosters. Also, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin a public education campaign for boosters, focusing on seniors. President Biden shared that the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has committed to helping deliver free rides to seniors to get booster shots.
The other six points of the plan focus on vaccinating children to keep schools open, expanding free at-home testing for Americans, ensuring workplace protections, deploying rapid response teams to help battle rising cases, supplying treatment pills to prevent hospitalizations and deaths, continuing to help the global vaccine effort, and ensuring the U.S. is “prepared for all scenarios.” Read more.