See Which States Have Opened Up COVID Vaccine Eligibility to All Residents Over Age 16

President Joe Biden has asked states to make all adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, but most have already been able to open up their appointments

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With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout now moving steadily along and millions now vaccinated against the virus, most states now have enough supply to open up their eligibility to all residents over the age of 16.

As of April 8, there are 39 states — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming — that are now allowing any residents 16 and older to sign up to receive one of the three approved COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccine from Pfizer is approved for people age 16 and up, and those from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are approved for people 18 and up.

Opening up vaccination appointments to all adult residents is a major step in the vaccine rollout. In the rest of the U.S., vaccine eligibility varies by state, with some limiting the vaccines to people with certain pre-existing conditions or with jobs that put them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, like health care workers.

President Joe Biden had requested that all 50 states and the District of Columbia fully open up their vaccine eligibility by May 1. But with most states already doing so, he moved up the date to April 19.

As of April 8, more than a third of the U.S. population, 109,995,734 people, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control says. Of that group, 19.4%, or 64,422,618 people, are fully vaccinated against the virus.

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The country is dealing, though, with hesitancy from some Americans who are eligible for the vaccine but have yet to make an appointment.

"We need millions more to get vaccinated," Biden said in a speech on March 11, explaining that wider participation is needed to end the pandemic.

Biden emphasized that vaccines will help end the pandemic, noting that some states are seeing a rise in cases as newer variants spread through the country.

"Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to fight back against these variants," he said.

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