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Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines

Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines
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President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE on Tuesday said his administration would soon offer a more "aggressive effort" to model the freedoms that people have once they are vaccinated, as a way to encourage more people to get shots.

"We're just getting there now to the degree that I think you're going to see a more aggressive effort on our part to lay out that once vaccinated, it's not only you can hug your grandchildren. You can do a lot more," Biden said.

Biden made the comments during a conversation with six governors on ways to boost vaccinations, and after Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) asked the White House to do more.

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"That's one area where we could use some help from the White House and others, and that is modeling what a fully vaccinated person can do," Cox said. "I like to state: We have fully vaccinated people; we should start acting like it."

Some experts have criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Biden administration for moving too slowly or offering confusing guidance around what vaccinated people can do. For example, guidance at the end of April that vaccinated people can unmask outdoors included an elaborate color-coded chart for various activities.

Biden hinted that guidance on unmasking even indoors could be coming soon, and acknowledged the slow pace so far.

"If anything, we've gone a little slower to make sure we're exactly right in terms of the percent of the population that has been vaccinated," he said.

White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsBiden meets with UK's Johnson ahead of G-7 Overnight Health Care: White House unveils plan to donate 25M vaccine doses abroad | US COVID-19 cases, deaths fall to lowest levels since March 2020 | Poll: Majority support Medicare negotiations for drug prices White House unveils plan to donate 25 million vaccine doses abroad MORE emphasized that guidance would come from the CDC. "Yeah, I think we expect more and more guidance from the CDC for vaccinated people," he said.

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The comments came during a meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio GOP governor comes out against controversial state anti-vaccine bill Overnight Health Care: Biden says US donation of 500 million vaccines will 'supercharge' global virus fight | Moderna asks FDA to clear COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents FDA extends shelf life of J&J vaccine amid concern over expiring doses MORE (R), Maine Gov. Janet MillsJanet MillsMaine offering ,500 payments to people on unemployment who go back to work The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE (D), Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzMinnesota offering state fair tickets, fishing licenses to promote coronavirus vaccines Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers Minnesota House votes to legalize marijuana MORE (D) and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico launching vaccine sweepstakes with M in prizes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE (D), as well as Cox.

The daily vaccination rate has been falling, as more-eager people have already received the vaccine, and governors discussed ways to make vaccinations easier to encourage more-hesitant people get the shots.

Mills noted that Maine is offering L.L. Bean gift cards to people who get vaccinated, among other incentives.

Governors also pointed to walk-up opportunities and mobile clinics.

"We want to reach people exactly where they are," DeWine said.