On Tuesday, February 3, 2021, President Biden announced the administration has taken additional steps to implement the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness by increasing the supply of vaccines to states, tribes, and territories and increasing funding to jurisdictions to ensure people receive the vaccine.
The weekly vaccine supply to states, tribes, and territories will increase to 10.5 million doses starting this week, a 22 percent increase since Inauguration Day. Biden also announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will retroactively reimburse states for FEMA-eligible services – including masks, gloves, emergency feeding actions, sheltering at risk populations, and mobilization of the National Guard – dating back to January 2020. The first phase of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination will launch next week.
Starting on February 11, 2021 those eligible for the vaccine will have the opportunity to be vaccinated at select pharmacies across the country through this public-private partnership. The program includes 21 national pharmacy partners and networks of independent pharmacies representing over 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide. President Biden’s stated goal is to administer 100 million shots in 100 days and expand access to vaccines to more Americans in the coming weeks and these steps work towards that goal.