In this screenshot Eva Longoria speaks at the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards on March 07, 2021.
The Biden government is launching a massive campaign Thursday to convince more Americans to take the Covid-19 vaccines, government officials told NBC News.
The campaign, titled “We Can Do This: Live,” targets young people through social media and includes virtual events where celebrities and athletes answer Americans’ questions about the vaccines, according to NBC News.
Famous people to participate in the campaign include actress Eva Longoria, Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, co-hosts of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” and people from NASCAR , the NBA and WNBA, according to NBC News.
According to a detailed publication of the campaign received from NBC News, the goal is to reach Americans, especially young people, “right in the places where they already consume content online, including social media, podcasts, YouTube and more”.
The government’s efforts come because polls suggest a significant proportion of Americans are likely to refuse to fire the shots, potentially stifling the nation’s recovery from the pandemic that killed at least 569,405 Americans in just over a year.
Some young people seem resistant to vaccinations. A current poll from STAT News-Harris found that 21% of Generation Z or young adults aged 18-24 said they would not get the Covid vaccine and another 34% said they would “wait a while and see” before being vaccinated .
In addition, some doctors said some of their patients became skeptical of the vaccines after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration last week asked states to halt temporarily Distribution of Johnson & JohnsonThe vaccine was reported after six cases of a rare but potentially fatal bleeding disorder.
Many of the former president Donald TrumpProponents are also strongly against taking the vaccine, public health and policy experts say, which worries U.S. health officials who hope enough people will be vaccinated for the country to receive herd immunity to the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said before 75% to 85% of the US population must be vaccinated to create an “umbrella” of immunity this prevents the virus from spreading.
Vaccine supplies are already exceeding demand in some regions of the US as local health authorities struggle to get people to vaccinate.
As of Wednesday, more than 134 million Americans, or 40% of the total US population, had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. Around 87.5 million Americans, or 26.4% of the total US population, are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
The United States Average of 3 million reported recordings per day Last week there was a slight decrease from 3.4 million reported shots per day on April 13, according to the CDC.
Fauci said Monday that there would be a “court press” to vaccinate people.
“It is very worrying that political beliefs mean that people do not want to be vaccinated” Fauci said Monday on “CBS This Morning”. “I find this really extraordinary because they say you are encroaching on our freedoms by asking us to wear masks and doing restrictions that affect public health problems. The easiest way to overcome this is to yourself get vaccinated. “
–CNBCs Nate Rattner and Rich Mendez contributed to this report.