As of this past Tuesday, April 5, 2021, Biden announced that he is moving up the deadline for states to make the Covid-19 vaccination available to all U.S. residents 18 and older. The President stated, “No more confusing rules, no more confusing restrictions.” Originally, Biden directed states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, 2021, but he changed the deadline to April 19, 2021. Most states have either made vaccines available to all residents 18 and older or announced plans to do so by mid-April.
Alabama joined more than 40 states this past week that has already broadened access to the Covid-19 vaccine in an effort to make all adults eligible by the end of the month. The White House has not said how they intend to get the handful of remaining states to move up their timelines.
According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States is making positive strides forward with almost three million people being vaccinated across the country per day. Although the pace of vaccinations is accelerating, there are new worrisome variants that are spreading. The death rate is declining, but hospitalizations and caseloads are rising.
Lifted State Mandates Cause Concern
While U.S. states are moving to vaccinate people faster and expanding eligibility, they are also easing restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Mask mandates and travel restrictions are being lifted as Americans tire of the constraints more than a year into the pandemic. The CDC announced that fully vaccinated citizens could start traveling; not that they should, only that they could. President Biden warned Americans on Friday that the virus is still not under control and said that measures like wearing masks needed to stay in place stating, “I ask, I plead with you, don’t give up the progress we have all fought so hard to achieve.” At least 530 new coronavirus deaths and 76,624 new cases were reported in the United States on Monday, according to a New York Times database.
Over the past week, there has been an average of 64,855 new cases per day, an increase of 20 percent from the average two weeks earlier. The CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky pleaded with governors not to lift restrictions and with citizens to continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and take other public health precautions. Dr. Walensky said she felt a sense of “impending doom” from a potential fourth surge of the pandemic. Public health experts say that the nation is in a race between administering the vaccine and the emerging variants. They fear that future iterations of the virus may be more resistant. But milestones are being made that give the nation a sense of hope. Since Biden has been in office, more than 150 million Covid-19 shots have been administered to Americans, which puts the nation on track to reach its goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office, at the end of this month.
Opportunity for Reimbursement and Revenue
With the increase in the volume of vaccine production and distribution, more mass immunization sites will be needed across the nation. This demand is an opportunity for community health organizations to create revenue. American Exchange can help your organization become a mass immunizer and assist with all of your Covid-19 billing and coding needs.
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