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 BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' 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.


"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.

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The comments came during a meeting with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineMinnesota to offer 0 gift cards, scholarships as vaccine incentives to kids Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Anti-Trump Republicans on the line in 2022 too MORE (R), Maine Gov. Janet MillsJanet MillsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter Supreme Court won't block vaccine mandate for Maine health care workers MORE (D), Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim WalzMinnesota Gov. Walz launches reelection bid Minnesota to offer 0 gift cards, scholarships as vaccine incentives to kids Three suspects arrested in fatal St. Paul bar shooting MORE (D) and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Hochul makes New York the 31st state to have had a female governor New Mexico indoor mask mandate returns with new vaccine requirements 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.