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Biden administration encourages Florida to participate in new initiative to boost vaccinations

Now is the time to really make a difference and spread the word about the importance of everyone getting vaccinated in Florida and across the country.

We need Florida’s help. That was the message from the Biden Administration Wednesday as it pushed a new initiative to boost vaccinations.

The President called for June to be a “month of action” as he tried to get 70 percent of U.S. adults at least one shot by July 4.

The effort aims to motivate the country with a bunch of new initiatives, including free childcare options for those getting shots, extended pharmacy hours and free beer.

Florida native and Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz said it was vital the third-largest state participates.

The latest data, shows that Florida could be doing much better than we are right now.

University of South Florida Epidemiologist Jason Salemi showed about 55 percent of Floridan’s, 15 and older had at least one shot as of June 1.

Salemi research also projected the state would have a hard time reaching 70 percent before October, even with double the current vaccination rate.

“We’ve still got a lot of people who can come out and take advantage of one of these COVID-19 vaccines, “Salemi said. “That’s our big challenge.”

Nationally, the U.S. wasn’t too far off from the 70 percent goal. Officials said about 63 percent of adult Americans had gotten at least one shot, including 73 percent of those age 40 and over.