Biden wants 160 million vaccinations by July 4

President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July 4. He is focusing on those who are reluctant to get the vaccine.
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Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a Tuesday night. And we have several developing stories. The Derek chauvin case, lawyers asking for a new trial amid new questions about a juror. We're tracking dangerous storms, as well. But we begin tonight with president Biden's new goal for covid vaccinations. He hopes to have 160 million Americans vaccinated by fourth of July and 70% of all Americans with at least one shot. A new strategy shifting vaccines to where Americans are still most likely to get them. President Biden revealing today states will be getting doses based on demand. Unwanted or unused vaccine will go where there is demand for it, and news tonight on children here, as well. The fda could give emergency use authorization to pfizer to vaccine 12 to 15-year-olds. Pfizer is ready to move immediately. And we're also learning more tonight about children who have younger than 126789 could vaccinations for them come closer to fall. And the numbers tonight. More than 145,700,000 adults have received at least one dose. That's more than 56% of all adults now. But the president acknowledging the drive to vaccinate has now entered a new phase. Already reaching adults most eager to get vaccinated and now the new effort to reach the rest of adults, if we have any hope of still reaching herd immunity in this country. Promising more walk-in appointments, popup clinics and mobile units, especially in rural America and smaller communities. So tonight here, who still hasn't been reached? And the part or of the country where they're most hesitant. ABC's Victor Oquendo leading us off from Florida tonight. Reporter: Tonight, in the race to vaccinate millions more Americans, the president is setting a new goal for the country by the fourth of July. Our goal by July 4th is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and 160 Americans fully vaccinated. That means giving close to 100 million shots. Reporter: The president is laying out a new phase of the vaccine push. First focusing on vaccinating 12 to 15-year-olds, with the fda expected to give pfizer the green light in the coming days. We are ready to move immediately, immediately move to make about 20,000 pharmacy sites across the country ready to vaccinate those adolescents as soon as the fda grants its okay. Reporter: The white house also launching a new tool to help people find vaccines by texting their zip code or going to More vaccines will go to rural communities to reach people with limited access and there will be a shift from mass vaccination sites to smaller, more convenient locations. Now, we're going to have to bring the vaccine to people who Reporter: About 32% of the country has been fully vaccinated but demand has been falling. Vaccinations dropping by 2.28 million doses a day. There's obviously some vaccine hesitancy going on, and, you know, when they know the facts, I think it'll help get them out. Reporter: ABC news/"washington post" polling shows where vaccine hesitancy is highest. 44% of rural Americans and 37% of Republicans and conservatives alike say they probably won't get vaccinated. What we're trying to do is to dig -- is to dig deeper into the causes of this reluctant. Is it -- is it education? Is it religious? Is it overall fear of science and medicine? Reporter: Across the country, teams are going door-to-door. I'm just probably going to wait. Reporter: Many people are still on the fence about the vaccine. I've got other family and some of them have got the shots, they've gotten a little bit sick from it and stuff, you know, so I'm saying, is it worth it or not worth it, you know, I really don't know. Reporter: But millions of Americans have also seen the impact of covid first hand. I know my nephew had it. He almost died. Reporter: That experience made the comb family realize covid could strike anyone. Three generations overcoming their own hesitancy to get the vaccine together. I'm the biggest scaredy cat it is of getting a shot. I am the biggest baby. This is my son right here. He is my only child. I need to be healthy and around for him and for the future, to see what he's going to become. And so let's get to Victor Oquendo, he joins us tonight from a mass vaccination site in Miami that will close at the end of the month. And Victor, I wanted to get back to what you reported there about children in this country. Walk us through the potential timing here of when we could get that fda decision on the pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 and, of course, a lot of parents want to know about children who are even younger than that. Reporter: David, the fda could give the green light for the pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 as early as this week and pfizer says that in September, it will seek clearance from the fda for use of the vaccine in children ages 2 to 11. David? Victor, thank you. We have new reporting

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