This past Tuesday, Joe Biden warned that Americans may need to look into cancelling Fourth of July parties. This goes for the “small” parties he suggested that people have back in March in order to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 pandemic if people continue to refuse to submit to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden announced in a planned speech, back in March, from the White House on the anniversary of the initial coronavirus shutdowns, that the American people may be able to have small gathering “in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” if COVID-19 numbers had sufficiently declined.
“If we do this together, by 4 July, there is a good chance you, your family, and friends can get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day,” Biden stated. “After a long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day truly special – where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”
This promise that was made, which seemed to fail to take into account that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines already given the green light for small socially distanced gatherings outside, was set on the condition of seeing high vaccine rates, Biden stated, and to see those rates achieved. Biden has stated that he would issue the order to make the stated open vaccination up to all adults over the age of 16 starting on May 1st, 2021.
However, top health officials are concerned that the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has its own plethora of problems. In a statement to USA Today, one such health official noted that with “a plentiful supply of vaccines, there will be more urgency to convince the reluctant to accept it … Otherwise, the abundance of vaccines will become a stagnating surplus that threatens to undermine the nation’s ability to move beyond the pandemic.”
This past Tuesday in an attempt to urge Americans to get the vaccination, Biden issued a warning to families that they may need to cancel their 4th of July activities so long as a large percentage of people continue to not submit to the vaccine.
“More than 51 percent of American adults have received at least one vaccine dose, according to CDC data, indicating that herd immunity and the pandemic’s end are near,” The New York Post stated. “But Biden said at the White House that he’s not yet comfortable saying people can hold small outdoor gatherings on Independence Day.”
“Back on March 11, I outlined a vision of what America could look like by the Fourth of July — an America that was much closer to normal life that we left behind more than a year ago,” Biden announced. “To celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4th with family and friends in small groups, we still have more to do in the months of May and June. We all need to mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot.”
These statements have received heavy flak on social media with many noting that threatening the people of the United States over a voluntary vaccine is highly unlikely to work.