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The Trump administration will recommend giving all Americans over 65 a COVID-19 shot as soon as possible, in new guidance reportedly arriving Tuesday

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 12 Jan 2021

<p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/5ffd94fad184b30018aae3f6-2220/GettyImages-1290144647.jpg" border="0" alt="Donald Trump" data-mce-source="Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: US President Donald Trump greets the crowd before he leaves at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit on December 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president signed an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>The Trump administration will on Tuesday recommend that everyone over 65 years old gets a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible, <a href="https://www.axios.com/trump-coronavirus-vaccines-seniors-doses-faster-ca22e892-71d4-4e04-9219-b41fec799524.html'utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&amp;stream=top">Axios reported.</a></p><p>Previously, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/frontline-essential-workers-people-75-and-older-priority-cdc-vaccines-2020-12">only essential workers and those over 75 have been eligible to receive shots.</a> Individual states are taking charge of vaccine rollouts, but the new guidelines are designed to get Americans vaccinated as quickly as possible against COVID-19, Axios reported, citing an unnamed senior administration official.</p><p>The New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/12/world/covid-19-coronavirus">also reported</a> the incoming guidelines.</p><p>The two vaccines approved in the US<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-coronavirus-vaccine-for-us-emergency-use-2020-12">one from Pfizer</a> and BioNTech, and<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/moderna-coronavirus-vaccine-wins-us-fda-emergency-use-authorization-2020-12"> one from Moderna</a>require two doses. The proposed guidelines will recommended prioritizing more people getting their first shot, rather than holding back doses to give people their second, Axios reported.</p><p>This is the strategy that <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-release-all-available-coronavirus-vaccine-supply-doses-2021-1">President-Elect Joe Biden has said he plans to adopt</a> when he takes office on January 20.</p><p>The guidelines reportedly recommend expanding vaccination sites to include more pharmacies and community health centres.</p><p>The US vaccine strategy <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/challenges-with-us-coronavirus-vaccine-distribution-warp-speed-goal-2020-12">got off to a slow start in December,</a> with <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/us-not-prepared-next-phase-coronavirus-vaccinations-2020-12">experts blaming</a> patchwork, state-specific rollout for slow uptake.</p><p>"People need to know how to get the vaccine, when to get the vaccine, and who should get the vaccine, and then how those decisions are being made," Marissa Levine, a public-health professor at the University of South Florida,<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/us-not-prepared-next-phase-coronavirus-vaccinations-2020-12"> told Business Insider on January 2</a>.</p><p>So far, 9.27 million doses have been administered in the US, according to a<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/"> tally by Bloomberg</a> and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with at least 379,862 people completing the two-dose vaccination regimen.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-vaccine-eligible-when-get-a-shot-over-65s-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/literacy-test-louisiana-disenfranchise-black-vote-2016-6">We took a 1964 Louisiana literacy test and failed spectacularly</a></p>
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